Home Print this page Email this page Users Online: 129
Home About us Editorial board Search Ahead of print Current issue Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contacts Login 

 Table of Contents  
REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 7-13

Diagnostic criteria and treatment modalities of taurodont teeth undergoing root canal treatment: A literature review of case reports and case series


Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad, Haryana, India

Date of Submission11-Jan-2020
Date of Decision19-Feb-2020
Date of Acceptance22-Apr-2020
Date of Web Publication09-Jan-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Deepti Sreen
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad, Haryana
India
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/sej.sej_7_20

Rights and Permissions
  Abstract 


Introduction: The objective of this article was to review the diagnostic tools and treatment modalities used in root canal treatment of taurodont teeth in published case reports and case series.
Materials and Methods: An electronic search of the literature was performed in PubMed (Medline), EBSCOhost databases, and the reference lists of articles that had been published from 1990 to 2019. Data of the articles that had been included were extracted.
Results: The initial search led to the retrieval of 558 articles. After removing duplicates, 121 articles were left, the titles of these articles along with abstracts were read which resulted in the selection of 48 articles for full-text reading. Thirty-six articles were later selected for data extraction and qualitative analysis. In all these articles, treatment was discussed for taurodontism.
Conclusion: Treating a taurodont tooth can be quite a challenge and careful evaluation and treatment planning is important for a successful outcome.

Keywords: Endodontic management, molars, premolars, root canal treatment, taurodontism


How to cite this article:
Sreen D, Gupta A, Abraham D, Singh A, Mehta N, Sethi J. Diagnostic criteria and treatment modalities of taurodont teeth undergoing root canal treatment: A literature review of case reports and case series. Saudi Endod J 2021;11:7-13

How to cite this URL:
Sreen D, Gupta A, Abraham D, Singh A, Mehta N, Sethi J. Diagnostic criteria and treatment modalities of taurodont teeth undergoing root canal treatment: A literature review of case reports and case series. Saudi Endod J [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Feb 27];11:7-13. Available from: https://www.saudiendodj.com/text.asp?2021/11/1/7/306615




  Introduction Top


Tauradontism was first described by Gorjanovic'- Kramberger in 1908 in a 70,000-year-old preneanderthal fossil in Kaprina, Croatia.[1] It is derived from the Latin word tauros, meaning “bull” and a Greek word odus, meaning “tooth” or “bull tooth.” The distinguishing feature of taurodontism is large (vertically elongated) pulp chambers, apically displaced pulpal floor, and bi/trifurcation of the roots. The first case in humans was reported by Pickerell in 1909 and he used the term radicular dentinoma to describe this condition.[2] Taurodontism is prevalent in 2.5%–11.3% of the population.[3]Taurodontism occurs due to the failure of Hertwig's epithelial root sheath diaphragm to infold at the level of the cementoenamel junction.

Normally, taurodontism manifests as an isolated abnormality though it is also associated with some developmental defects and syndromes such as amelogenesis imperfecta,[4] Down syndrome,[5] tricho–dento–osseus syndrome,[6] Klinefelter's syndrome,[7] and McCune-Albright syndrome.[8]

In a taurodont tooth, the roots, as well as the body, lie under the alveolar margin; hence, it cannot be distinguished clinically.[9] The diagnosis is generally made using radiographs. Although a tauradontic index is available, it is a biometric method. Hence, it is advisable to use cone-beam computed tomographic (CBCT) as a diagnostic aid to gauge the root canal system.[10]

The objective of this article was to review the diagnostic tools and treatment modalities used in root canal treatment of taurodont teeth in published case reports and case series.


  Materials and Methods Top


Study design, sampling, and setting

This was a literature review conducted in Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad, India, between June 2018 and July 2018. Thirty-six case reports were included in this study.

Eligibility criteria

The literature review included only case reports or case series of patients with taurodontism because it is an accidental finding, and case series and clinical studies related to our topic are none to the best of our knowledge. The titles and abstracts of all the articles were screened in the electronic and manual search. The following inclusion criteria were applied in the research: Case reports performed on humans, articles published in English language, permanent teeth in individuals > 15 years of age, articles published after 1990 because of advances in diagnostic methods, and articles in which taurodontism was endodontically treated. The following exclusion criteria were applied: Review articles, in vitro studies, animal studies, prevalence studies, articles in foreign languages, and deciduous teeth. Of the total database search, the relevant articles were hand searched. Bibliography of all the relevant papers and review articles were screened so that exact relevant data could be evaluated. All these data were framed in the PRISMA flowchart.

Source of information

The search strategy included an electronic database and reference list of articles which were published from 1990 to 2019. PubMed (National Library of Medicine) and Ebscohost were searched. References of the articles selected in the search were also screened and included if they did not appear in the database search.

Literature search strategy

The following search strategy was used for PubMed (Medline) and Ebscohost. The terms used were “Taurodontism,” ”Bull teeth,” “Hypertaurodontism,” “Hypotaurodontism,” “Mesotaurodontism,” “CBCT,” “Review,” “Treatment,” “Maxillary molars,” “Mandibular molars,” and “Premolars”. Additional keywords related to the theme of the review were used through Boolean operators (OR and AND) to combine these words [Table 1].
Table 1: Search strategy

Click here to view


Study selection

The articles were selected in two stages. In the first stage, the titles/abstracts of all the articles that were retrieved during the search were read. References that did not meet the eligibility? criteria were excluded from the study. When the title/abstract was either not available or did not give sufficient information for a decision on inclusion or exclusion, the full text was retrieved. In the second stage, full text of the articles was read and eligibility criteria were applied. Articles meeting the criteria were included in the study. [Figure 1] depicts the flowchart of the study.
Figure 1: PRISMA flowchart

Click here to view


Data extraction and data items

Two reviewers independently evaluated titles and abstracts of publications that were related to taurodontism. Data were extracted and analyzed. For each study, the parameters recorded were the author's name, age and sex of the patient, diagnostic modality, file system, magnification used if any, percentage of sodium hypochlorite used, treatment modality, and follow-up if any.


  Results Top


The initial search retrieved 558 articles. After removing duplicates, 121 articles were left. The titles and abstracts of these articles were read, leading to the selection of 48 articles for full-text analysis. After eligibility criteria were applied, 36 articles were selected for data extraction and qualitative analysis. The study involved patients in the age group of 16–53 years with taurodontism. The follow-up period of the studies ranged from 1 month to 24 months.

Characteristics of the studies

Thirty-three of the 36 articles were case reports and three were case series. The entire information on the characteristics of the included studies is presented in [Table 2]. The study showed that endodontic treatment done before 2012 used hand files (K- and H-files)[11],[13],[17],[18],[23],[28],[29], and after 2011, several case reports were found to have used nicle-titinum (NiTi) rotary instruments including ProTaper,[14],[21],[25],[27],[32],[33],[37],[39],[41],[45] Heroshaper,[35] Profile,[3],[22] K3,[36] and M2.[15] Four case reports had used CBCT as a diagnostic modality.[22],[31],[34],[41],[43] A taurodont tooth has pulp tissue which is quite voluminous, so for complete removal of the pulp tissue, a copious amount of sodium hypochlorite is needed. Wilderman and Serene[46] suggested 2.5%. Joseph et al., Krishamoorthy et al., Ghargozloo et al., and Silva et al. suggested using 5.25%.[3],[19],[36],[38] Venigalla et al., Tsesis et al., and Saranesha et al. suggested using 3% concentration of sodium hypochlorite[13],[20],[41] and Radwan used 6%.[34]
Table 2: Review of previously reported cases of taurodontism and its endodontic management

Click here to view



  Discussion Top


Although taurodontism is quite frequently prevalent in molars, it has also been reported in premolars. Venigalla et al. and Mokhtari et al. treated a taurodont mandibular premolar with three canals[31],[41] and Demiryurek et al. successfully treated a taurodontic premolar with five canals.[30] In addition, Brito-Junior et al. reported a rare case of taurodontism in an upper central incisor with two canals.[28]

Diagnostic tools

Conventionally, radiographs were used to diagnose taurodontic teeth. The use of conventional radiographs in studying the morphology of teeth has a limitation of showing the subject in two-dimensional views instead of three, which results in the superimposition of structures. The introduction of CBCT leads to a greater frequency of three-dimensional diagnosis in dentistry, including morphological analyses.[47] Mokhtari et al. evaluated axial images of the CBCT which revealed the presence of a third canal in the taurodontic premolar.[31] Similarly, CBCT evaluation by Lim and Le Clerc revealed a square-shaped root having a C-shaped configuration of the canal with pulp calcification in the pulp chamber, thereby making it easier to plan the treatment.[43] In addition, the use of magnification, such as magnification loupe or dental operating microscope, helps in locating the canal orifice of additional root canals. When compared with magnifying loupes, the microscope gave either comparable or superior results. Various case reports used a dental operating microscope which helped in detecting canal orifices.[3],[16],[24],[26],[32],[34],[36],[38],[39],[43] Tsesis et al. recommended exploring the grooves meticulously between all the orifices under magnification which helped in revealing additional orifices and canals.[13]

Biomechanical preparation

Most hand preparation techniques are time consuming and cause iatrogenic errors. Hayashi in 1994 reported a case of mandibular taurodontic molar with five canals, of which only three could be instrumented till the apex using K-files.[11] Attention nowadays is directed toward root canal preparation techniques using NiTi rotary instruments. Various studies show that NiTi rotary instruments create smooth, predetermined funnel-form shapes, with minimal risk of ledging and transportation; further reducing operator fatigue as well as time required to complete the preparation.[48] Protaper universal rotary file system is used in the majority of the studies with satisfactory results.[14],[21],[25],[27],[32],[33],[37],[39],[41],[45] Another important aspect of biomechanical preparation is root canal irrigation. Proper irrigation of the canal depends on various factors including type, volume, and concentration of irrigant used. A taurodont tooth has pulp tissue which is quite voluminous, so for complete removal of the pulp tissue, a copious amount of irrigant is needed. In the majority of the studies, irrigant used was sodium hypochlorite in a concentration ranging from 1.2%–6%. However, the concentration of 2.5% was most commonly used.[21],[35],[39],[45] Simsenk et al. in their case report exhibited better results with the use of passive ultrasonic irrigation in comparison to traditional syringe irrigation, as it removes the increased amount of organic tissue, planktonic bacteria, and dentinal debris.[44]

Obturation

Due to the complex root canal space in a taurodont tooth, obturation can be a challenge. Studies have suggested the use of a modified filling technique which involves cold lateral compaction in the apical region along with the vertical compaction technique of the elongated pulp chamber to achieve a three-dimensional void-free seal.[13],[15],[19],[24]

Follow-up

Several case reports on taurodontism have been reported, but no compilation has been made on the endodontic treatment and follow-up of these cases. The central focus of the current literature review was on the diagnosis of taurodontism and its endodontic treatment with follow-up of these cases to check the healing of the periapical region. However, the limitation is that some? studies did not present with a proper follow-up of their cases and some mentioned an inadequate recall period of 1–3 months,[25],[34] which is not enough to judge healing of the periradicular area.


  Conclusion Top


Taurodontism requires a thorough understanding of the etiology, anatomy, and radiographic features of the affected tooth, and special consideration is required in the treatment planning of such cases. The complexity of the root canal system needs to be appreciated while performing endodontic treatment for such teeth. The success can be attributed to accurate diagnosis, proper chemomechanical debridement, and thorough obturation of the entire root canal system.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.



 
  References Top

1.
Gorjanovic-Kramberger K. Uber prismatische molarwurzein rezenter und diluvialer Menschen. Aat Anz 1908;32:401-13.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Pickerill HP. Radicular Aberrations. Proc R Soc Med 1909;2:145-61.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.
Joseph M. Endodontic treatment in three taurodontic teeth associated with 48, XXXY Klinefelter syndrome: A review and case report. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2008;105:670-7.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
4.
Seow WK. Taurodontism of the mandibular first permanent molar distinguishes between the tricho-dento-osseous (TDO) syndrome and amelogenesis imperfecta. Clin Genet 1993;43:240-6.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
5.
Jaspers MT. Taurodontism in the Down syndrome. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol 1981;51:632-6.  Back to cited text no. 5
    
6.
Gulmen S, Pullon PA, O'Brien LW. Tricho-dento-osseous syndrome. J Endod 1976;2:117-20.  Back to cited text no. 6
    
7.
Mednick GA. Two case reports: Taurodontism and taurodontism in Klinefelter's syndrome. J Mich Dent Assoc 1973;55:212-15.s  Back to cited text no. 7
    
8.
Akintoye SO, Lee JS, Feimster T, Booher S, Brahim J, Kingman A, et al. Dental characteristics of fibrous dysplasia and McCune-Albright syndrome. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2003;96:275-82.  Back to cited text no. 8
    
9.
White SC, Pharoah MJ. Oral Radiology. Principles and Interpretation, 5thedn. St. Louis, USA: Mosby; 2004. p. 339-40.  Back to cited text no. 9
    
10.
Nawa H, Oberoi S, Vargervik K. Taurodontism and Van der Woude syndrome. Is there an association? Angle Orthod 2008;78:832-7.  Back to cited text no. 10
    
11.
Hayashi Y. Endodontic treatment in taurodontism. J Endod 1994;20:357-8.  Back to cited text no. 11
    
12.
Yeh SC, Hsu TY. Endodontic treatment in taurodontism with Klinefelter's syndrome: A case report. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 1999;88:612-5.  Back to cited text no. 12
    
13.
Tsesis I, Shifman A, Kaufman AY. Taurodontism: An endodontic challenge. Report of a case. J Endod 2003;29:353-5.  Back to cited text no. 13
    
14.
Prakash R, Vishnu C, Suma B, Velmurugan N, Kandaswamy D. Endodontic management of taurodontic teeth. Indian J Dent Res 2005;16:177-81.  Back to cited text no. 14
[PUBMED]  [Full text]  
15.
Nazari S, Mirmotalebi F. Endodontic treatment of a taurodontism tooth: Report of a case. Iran Endod J 2006;1:114-6.  Back to cited text no. 15
    
16.
Burklein S. Endodontic treatment of two pyramidal (taurodont) mandibular molars: A case report. Endod Pract Today 2009;2:199-203.  Back to cited text no. 16
    
17.
Metgud S, Metgud R, Rani K. Management of a patient with a taurodont, single-rooted molars associated with multiple dental anomalies: A spiral computerized tomography evaluation. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2009;108:e81-6.  Back to cited text no. 17
    
18.
Bharti R, Chandra A, Tikku AP, Wadhwani KK. “Taurodontism” an endodontic challenge: A case report. J Oral Sci 2009;51:471-4.  Back to cited text no. 18
    
19.
Gharagozloo S, Faraghat S, Jafarzadeh H. Endodontic treatment of a mesotaurodont maxillary first molar: A case report. N Z Dent J 2009;105:87-9.  Back to cited text no. 19
    
20.
Sharanesha BM, Bapure KS. Taurodontism affecting all molars: Report of an unusual case. Acta Stomatol Croatica 2009;43:242-6.  Back to cited text no. 20
    
21.
Bains R, Jethwani GS, Loomba K, Loomba A, Dubey OP, Bains V. Taurodontism – Case report of a morpho-Anatomical variant. Endod Practice Today 2010;4:301-8.  Back to cited text no. 21
    
22.
Marques-da-Silva B, Baratto-Filho F, Abuabara A, Moura P, Losso EM, Moro A. Multiple taurodontism: The challenge of endodontic treatment. J Oral Sci 2010;52:653-8.  Back to cited text no. 22
    
23.
Shetty N, Singh V, Kamath K. A rare case of multiple taurodont teeth. Endod Pract Today 2010;4:97-101.  Back to cited text no. 23
    
24.
Janani M, Rahimi S, Shahi S, Aghbali A, Zand V. Endodontic treatment of a hypertaurodont mandibular second molar: A case report. Iran Endod J 2011;6:133-5.  Back to cited text no. 24
    
25.
Kulkarni G, Rajeev KG, Ambalavanan P, Kidiyoor KH. Successful endodontic management of hypo, meso and hypertaurodontism: Two case reports. Contemp Clin Dent 2012;3:S253-6.  Back to cited text no. 25
    
26.
Parolia A, Khosla M, Kundabala M. Endodontic management of hypo-, meso- and hypertaurodontism: Case reports. Aust Endod J 2012;38:36-41.  Back to cited text no. 26
    
27.
Verma K, Loomba K, Bains R, Rawitiya M, Kumar N, Srivastava SC. Endodontic management of a hypertaurodont maxillary first molar. Asian J Oral Health Allied Sci 2012;2:101-3.  Back to cited text no. 27
    
28.
Brito-Junior M, Camilo CC, E Silva AL, Sousa-Neto MD. Nonsurgical endodontic management of an unusual taurodont maxillary central incisor. An 18 month follow up. Endod Pract Today 2012;6:139-42.  Back to cited text no. 28
    
29.
Jayashankara C, Shivanna AK, Sridhara, Kumar PS. Taurodontism: A dental rarity. J Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2013;17:478.  Back to cited text no. 29
[PUBMED]  [Full text]  
30.
Demiryürek EÖ, Gönülol N, Bulucu B. Endodontic treatment of a taurodontic premolar with five canals. Aust Endod J 2013;39:81-4.  Back to cited text no. 30
    
31.
Mokhtari H, Niknami M, Zand V. Managing a mandibular second premolar with three-canal and taurodontism: A case report. Iran Endod J 2013;8:25-8.  Back to cited text no. 31
    
32.
Nagaraja S, Murthy S, Mathew S, Madhu KS, Dinesh K. Taurodontism an endodontic enigma: A case report. Pakistan Oral Dental J 2013;33:550-3.  Back to cited text no. 32
    
33.
Dhingra M, Sawhney C, Kumar S. Taurodontism-Enigma to endodontist. Guident 2013;6:30-1.  Back to cited text no. 33
    
34.
Radwan A, Kim SG. Treatment of a hypertaurodontic maxillary second molar in a patient with 10 taurodonts: A case report. J Endod 2014;40:140-4.  Back to cited text no. 34
    
35.
Srivastava S, Chabbra HS, Bhardwaj K, Grover R. Taurodontism in permanent molars: A case report. Ind J Dent Sci 2014;4:52-4.  Back to cited text no. 35
    
36.
Krishnamoorthy S, Gopikrishna V. Endodontic management of a hypertaurodontic tooth associated with 48, XXYY syndrome: A review and case report. J Conserv Dent 2015;18:265-8.  Back to cited text no. 36
[PUBMED]  [Full text]  
37.
Sashte A. Taurodontism. Guident 2015;8:28-9.  Back to cited text no. 37
    
38.
Silva Leal EJ, Mendes P, de Souza T, Liess R. Endodontic treatment of a mandibular hypertaurodontic second molar. RGO Rev Gaúch Odontol 2015;63:203-6.  Back to cited text no. 38
    
39.
Jamshidi D, Adl A, Sobhnamayan F, Bolurian M. Root canal treatment of a hypertaurodont mandibular second molar: A case report. J Dent Res Dent Clin Dent Prospects 2015;9:57-9.  Back to cited text no. 39
    
40.
Sahu YR, Jain A. Endodontic management of taurodontism in maxillary molar. A case report. Int J Sci Study 2016;4:271-4.  Back to cited text no. 40
    
41.
Venigalla BS, Jyothi P, Venigalla R, Mudalapuram P. Endodontic management of a three rooted taurodont mandibular second premolar using cone beam computed tomography Endodontology 2016;28:72-5.  Back to cited text no. 41
    
42.
do Nascimento AC, Marques AA, Sponchiado-Júnior EC, Garcia LF, de Carvalho FM. Endodontic treatment of hypertaurodontic mandibular molar using reciprocating single-file system: A case report. Bull Tokyo Dent Coll 2016;57:83-9.  Back to cited text no. 42
    
43.
Lim A, Le Clerc J. Endodontic treatment of a hypertaurodontic mandibular left second molar in a patient with many taurodonts combined with multiple pulp stones. Aust Endod J 2019;45:414-9.  Back to cited text no. 43
    
44.
Simsek N, Keles A, Ocak MS. Endodontic treatment of hypertaurodontism with multiple bilateral taurodontism. J Conserv Dent 2013;16:477-9.  Back to cited text no. 44
[PUBMED]  [Full text]  
45.
Nair R, Khasnis S, Patil JD. Bilateral taurodontism in permanent maxillary first molar. Indian J Dent Res 2019;30:314-7.  Back to cited text no. 45
[PUBMED]  [Full text]  
46.
Widerman FH, Serene TP. Endodontic therapy involving a taurodontic tooth. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol 1971;32:618-20.  Back to cited text no. 46
    
47.
Al-Shehri S, Al-Nazhan S, Shoukry S, Al-Shwaimi E, Al-Sadhan R, Al-Shemmery B. Root and canal configuration of the maxillary first molar in a Saudi subpopulation: A cone-beam computed tomography study. Saudi Endod J 2017;7:69-76.  Back to cited text no. 47
  [Full text]  
48.
Kumar A, Sarthaj A S. Comparative evaluation of shaping ability of rotary and reciprocating nickel-titanium single file instruments on simulated root canals. Saudi Endod J 2019;9:21-6.  Back to cited text no. 48
  [Full text]  


    Figures

  [Figure 1]
 
 
    Tables

  [Table 1], [Table 2]



 

Top
 
 
  Search
 
Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
Access Statistics
Email Alert *
Add to My List *
* Registration required (free)

 
  In this article
Abstract
Introduction
Materials and Me...
Results
Discussion
Conclusion
References
Article Figures
Article Tables

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed630    
    Printed16    
    Emailed0    
    PDF Downloaded105    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal