Quantitative assessment of morphological changes of dental pulp components of teeth affected by occlusal trauma

Vol. 59 No. 3, 2018


Marian Caramizaru, Iancu Emil Plesea, Lucian Paul Dragomir, Mihai Raul Popescu, Constantin Daniel Uscatu, Mircea-Sebastian Serbanescu, Dragos Ovidiu Alexandru, Traian Mihail Comanescu

Aim: In the general economy of the stomatognathic system functionality, the occlusal function has an important role, meaning both the dental-dental reports and the dynamic reports interarch-interarch. Because of the interrelationships and inter-dependency that govern the functioning of the biological systems, a pathological change affecting a component of the stomatognathic system produces impaired functioning of the others. The aim of the present study is to assess the morphological changes occurred in the dental pulp components of teeth affected by occlusal trauma. Materials and Methods: Fragments of dental pulp coming from 45 patients with occlusal trauma were processed using classical histological techniques (formalin fixation and paraffin embedment) and stained with Hematoxylin-Eosin (HE), Masson s trichrome and anti-CD34 antibody immunostaining, in order to highlight the peripheral zone and central connective tissue of dental pulp morphological changes. A set of parameters namely thickness of peripheral zone components, calcifications, fibrosis and vascular density in the dental pulp were assessed individually and based on three topographical criteria namely the affected tooth, the position on the dental arches and the position according to sagittal plane. Results: There was no correlation between morphological changes of dental pulp and the topography of teeth with occlusal trauma. The size of the peripheral area of the dental pulp and that of its components evolved in the same sense, whether it was growth or decrease. Decrease of the peripheral area was associated with the increase of collagen fibers density, calcium deposits and density of the capillary network. The direct correlation between the amount of collagen fibers and vascular density seems somewhat paradoxical but it can be explained by the reemergence of chronic inflammatory events located in the dental pulp. Conclusions: It seems that dental pulp morphological changes are not influenced by the teeth with occlusal trauma topography. With one exception (the components of peripheral zone), most of the correlations between the dental pulp morphological changes were only suggested but not validated statistically, which requires further studies on larger groups together with the introduction of inflammatory cell population studies.

Corresponding author: Lucian Paul Dragomir, Lecturer, DMD, PhD; e-mail: dragomirlucianpaul@yahoo.com

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