Spontaneously healed horizontal root fracture in maxillary first premolar: Report of a case

Çobankara F. K., ÜNGÖR M.

Dental Traumatology, vol.23, no.2, pp.120-122, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1600-9657.2006.00575.x
  • Journal Name: Dental Traumatology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.120-122
  • Keywords: horizontal root fracture, healing
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Root fractures of the posterior teeth are rare and occur as a result of severe trauma. This study describes the horizontal root fracture of a maxillary first premolar. The fractured roots were discovered during a routine radiographic examination. The tooth was asymptomatic and responded positively to electric pulp testing. The patient reported accidental trauma, which occurred 14 years before. Our case is an example of spontaneously healed fractured roots. The interesting findings were that the healing was observed even in the presence of two roots, including preservation of the vitality of the pulp. © 2007 The Authors.