Application of Tissue Engineering to Regeneration of Pulp

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J Endod 2008;36:536–541
Before 2004 :
Apexification :
 Apexification has proven to be highly
predictable
 increased susceptibility to cervical fracture
The artificial apical barrier technique
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The material of choice : MTA
The technique is predictable and successful
Mineral trioxide aggregate
(MTA) was introduced in 1993
by Loma Linda University, the
commercial version of MTA
introduced in 1998
tooth-colored MTA was
introduced in 2002
first revascularization research efforts :
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immature tooth was treated with irrigation
and disinfection using two antimicrobial
agents (metronidazole and ciprofloxacin)
with successful revascularization
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Stem Cell Therapy
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Gene Therapy
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stem cells
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Morphogens or Signaling molecules
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scaffold of extracellular matrix
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they exist as undifferentiated cells and maintain
this phenotype
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they have an ability to self-replicate for
prolonged periods
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they maintain their multiple differentiation
potential throughout the life of the organism
Barry FP. Biology and clinical applications of mesenchymal stem cells. Birth
Defects Res Part C, Embryo Today Rev 2003;69:250 –6.
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dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs)
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stem cells from human exfoliated deciduous
teeth (SHED)
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stem cells from the apical papilla
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dental follicle progenitor cells
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periodontal ligament stem cells
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biological three-dimensional
microenvironment for cell growth and
differentiation
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promoting cell adhesion, and migration.
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serves as a carrier for morphogen in protein
therapy
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should be effective for transport of nutrients,
oxygen, and waste.
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It should be gradually degraded and replaced
by regenerative tissue
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They should have biocompatibility,
nontoxicity, and proper physical and
mechanical strength
The morphogenetic signaling networks include the
five major :
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bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs),
fibroblast growth factors (FGFs)
wingless and int-related proteins (Wnts)
Hedgehog proteins (Hhs)
tumor necrotic factor (TNF) families
Although five distinct families of morphogens are involved in
embryonic tooth development, BMPs appear to be sufficient for tooth
regeneration in adults
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BMP2, BMP4, BMP6, BMP7, and Gdf11 are
also expressed during odontoblast
differentiation
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BMP4 and Bmp5 during ameloblast
differentiation
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There are many similarities between morphogenic factors
regulating dentinogenesis and the factors that regulate reparative
dentinogenesis
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transforming growth factor ß, (BMPs), platelet-derived growth
factor, fibroblast growth factor, and vascular endothelial growth
factor (VEGF) are incorporated into the dentin matrix during
dentinogenesis and are retained there As “fossilized” molecules.
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interestingly, calcium hydroxide has been shown to solubilize
Dentin and allow The release Of bioactive molecules that can
potentially regenerate dentin.
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recently observed that SHED have the potential to
differentiate into functional vascular endothelial cells via a
process that closely resembles that of vasculogenesis
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VEGF induces the differentiation of DPSCs (i.e., SHED) into
endothelial cells
Reference
References
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It is noteworthy that members of the BMP family have
pronounced effects on neurogenesis
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Thus, it is likely BMPs can be used for regenerative pulpal
therapy and dentinogenesis may have concurrent beneficial
effects on nerve regeneration.
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There is a risk of unfavorable transformation
of the stem cells, and there is also a risk of
unwanted contamination of these cells with
pathogens during these procedures.
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The field of stem cell-based regenerative dentistry is
complex and multidisciplinary by nature. Progress will
depend on the collaboration between clinicians and
researchers from diverse fields (e.g., biomaterials, stem cell
biology, endodontics) working together toward the goal of
developing biological approaches to regenerate dental and
craniofacial tissues.
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begins with chemical disinfection by copious irrigation of the root canal space
with NaOCl, combination of NaOCl/chlorhexidine or NaOCl/hydrogen peroxide
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followed by placement of an intracanal medicament at the first visit. Several
medicaments like triple antibiotic mixture (metronidazole, ciprofloxacin, and
minocycline), calcium hydroxide, and formocresol have been used successfully.
At the next visit
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which should be at least 1 week after the initial session or more
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in the absence of clinical signs of inflammation, the clinician removes the
intracanal medicament
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induces bleeding inside the root canal space by irritating the periradicular tissue.
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After clot formation, the clinician seals the root canal space by placing an MTA
plug over the blood clot
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An 11-year-old boy
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maxillary second premolar tooth had been accidently extracted and
immediately replanted developed pulpal
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necrosis and symptomatic apical periodontitis.
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After preparing an access cavity, its necrotic pulp was removed. The
canal was irrigated with 5.25% NaOCl solution and dried with paper
points. A triple antibiotic mixed with distilled water was packed in the
canal and left for 22 days.
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Twenty milliliters of whole blood was drawn from the patient’s
forearm for preparation of PRP.
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After removal of the antibiotic mixture, the PRP was injected into
the canal space up to the cementoenamel junction level. Three
millimeters of grey mineral trioxide aggregate was placed directly
over the PRP clot.
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Three days later, the tooth was double-sealed with permanent
filling materials.
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Clinical examination 5 1/2 half months later revealed
no sensitivity to percussion or palpation tests.
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Radiographic examination of this tooth showed
resolution of the periapical lesion, further root
development, and continued apical closure.
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Sensitivity tests with cold and an electric pulp test
elicited a positive response similar to those found in
the first premolar tooth
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Discoloration : use of minocycline in the triple
antibiotic paste
Treatment Period: The required time for
disinfection of the root canal space with triple
antibiotic paste or calcium hydroxide and
increased number of clinical sessions
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Challenging Histologic Outcomes: generated tissue
inside the root canal space after regenerative
endodontic treatment was basically ingrowth of
periodontal connective tissue instead of pulpal
connective tissue.
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No odontoblastic cell layer,dentin-like structure, and
pulp-like tissue were detected
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3 types of tissues: cementum-like tissue that was
responsible for increase in root length and thickness,
bone-like tissue and periodontal ligament (PDL)–like
tissue inside the canal space
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Poor Root Development :absence of increase
in root wall thickness , or lack of formation of
tooth apex
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Insufficient Bleeding
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Root Canal Calcification/Obliteration
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A healthy 14-year-old female
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history of impact trauma to the anterior maxillary teeth 6 years
before initial visit
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Clinical examinations revealed extensive caries of tooth #8
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Both teeth showed normal mobility
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Cold test by using Endo-Frost cold spray did not elicit any
response in maxillary central incisors
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whereas maxillary lateral incisors responded normally to the test
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maxillary central incisors were sensitive to percussion and
palpation
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After local anesthesia with 3% plain mepivacaine
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access cavities on teeth #8 and #9 were prepared
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Each root canal was passively irrigated with 20 mL NaOCl 5.25%
without instrumentation, Canals were gently dried with paper
points
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A triple antibiotic mixed with distilled water was packed in the
canal and left for 4 weeks
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A sterile size 40 K-file was overextended and initiate bleeding
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approximately 3 mm of MTA was placed in the coronal third of the
canals
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The patient was recalled yearly
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The teeth were not sensitive to percussion and
palpation.
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The response to the cold test was negative in all
follow-up sessions.
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In radiographic examinations the radiolucent lesions
healed, and the apices formed.
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However, there was no increase in the length and
thickness of the roots
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Six years after initial treatment the patient
complained about the appearance of her
maxillary central incisors.
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severity of discoloration, full crown
restoration for both teeth was suggested
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root canal therapy of both central incisors
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In the present case, passage of a long time (6
years) without any treatment after traumatic
impact might be related to damaged Hertwig
epithelial root sheath and, subsequently,
decreased root development potential

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