Multiple impacted third molars with pre-eruptive intracoronal resorption in geriatric patients: Two case reports

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Onay E. O., Koc C., ÜNGÖR M.

Dental Journal, vol.56, no.2, pp.68-72, 2023 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.20473/j.djmkg.v56.i2.p68-72
  • Journal Name: Dental Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.68-72
  • Keywords: cone-beam computed tomography, diagnostic imaging, geriatric dentistry, impacted tooth, tooth resorption
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Pre-eruptive intracoronal resorption (PEIR) is a rare condition usually detected through an incidental radiographic finding. The etiology and pathogenesis of this phenomenon are not fully understood. Purpose: To describe two cases in which multiple impacted third molars with PEIR defects were identified. Cases: Female patients aged 77 and 82 years, respectively, were presented with dental issues. Radiolucencies in the dental crown areas of the impacted maxillary and mandibular third molars were initially detected on the panoramic radiographs. Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) was performed to better evaluate the impacted teeth. The results showed that the intracoronal defects extended through more than two-thirds of the thickness of the coronal dentin. Case Managements: Considering the patients’ age and their asymptomatic status, a conservative approach with radiographic followup was considered most appropriate. Four-year follow-up checks revealed that the teeth remained asymptomatic in both patients. Conclusion: This case report confirms that PEIR can affect impacted third molars, even in elderly patients. CBCT images are preferred for diagnosing PEIR defects because this method provides an accurate assessment of internal tooth anatomy. With an accurate diagnosis of asymptomatic PEIR, the lesion can be monitored.