| Abstract|| |
Mandibular incisors and canines show variations in their root canal anatomy. It is imperative to be aware of these variations to lower the frequency of missed canals. The objective was to systematically review the existing studies to recognize the root and root canal anatomy of the mandibular incisors and canines among the population of various geographical locations, as studied by different methods. This systematic review was registered in the International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews database under the number CRD42020185146. An exhaustive search was undertaken in three electronic databases – MEDLINE PubMed, EBSCOhost, and Google Scholar – along with hand-searching for the identification of studies. Studies were selected following strict inclusion and exclusion criteria. Selected studies were scored using the Joanna Briggs Institute Critical Appraisal tool for prevalence studies to determine the risk of bias. This review included data from 26 countries including the analysis of 71,404 mandibular anterior teeth. The risk of bias of all included studies was either low or moderate. Overall, it was seen that the percentage of second canals was higher in lateral than in central incisors. Mandibular canines occasionally showed the presence of two roots. Deviations in anatomy were high in the Middle Eastern European countries and the Indian subcontinent. Limitations are as follows: lack of homogeneity across data reported in the studies concerning the methods used to study the root canal anatomy. Diversities seen in the root canal configurations of mandibular incisors and canines vary according to ethnicity, and thus, one must have a thorough knowledge before commencing endodontic treatment.
Keywords: Anatomy; canal configuration; mandibular canines; mandibular incisors; root canal systematic review
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Dhuldhoya DN, Singh S, Podar RS, Ramachandran N, Jain R, Bhanushali N. Root canal anatomy of human permanent mandibular incisors and mandibular canines: A systematic review. J Conserv Dent 2022;25:226-40
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Dhuldhoya DN, Singh S, Podar RS, Ramachandran N, Jain R, Bhanushali N. Root canal anatomy of human permanent mandibular incisors and mandibular canines: A systematic review. J Conserv Dent [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Jun 29];25:226-40. Available from: https://www.jcd.org.in/text.asp?2022/25/3/226/347335
| Introduction|| |
Human teeth have an extremely complicated pulp space anatomy. Each tooth in the dental arch has unique anatomy which shows high degree of variability among populations. Mandibular incisors and canines are known to have a single root and one or two canals. However, often, they show variations in their root canal anatomy such as the presence of an extra lingual canal. There is a high prevalence of a second canal in the mandibular incisors and canines.
It is critical to know these variations in the anatomy to lower the frequency of missed canals during endodontic treatment, as this can cause the failure of root canal treatment. A periapical lesion is 4.38 times more likely to occur in a tooth with a missed canal. In a vital tooth, a missed canal contains pulp tissue which may cause pain at first and then may get infected. In case of a nonvital tooth, the canal that is missed may be infected and thus would lead to persistence of infection and failure of treatment. Therefore, complete debridement and disinfection of the root canal system is critical to a successful endodontic treatment outcome. The knowledge of canal systems along with their frequent variations is of utmost importance for the success of root canal treatment.
In addition, root canal anatomy configurations may vary according to ethnicity,, sex,,,,, and age. Several methods to study the root canal anatomy have been published in the literature which includes radiographic methods such as intraoral periapical (IOPA) radiograph - film digital IOPA, cone-beam computed tomography (CT), and micro-CT, as well as nonradiographic methods such as tooth clearing and canal staining technique, modeling, and the sectioning technique.,
Root canal anatomy was studied and then classified by various authors to enable standardization and reproducibility.,,, At present, several studies on the different types of root canal anatomy seen in the mandibular incisors and canines are available in the literature. These studies have origins in different countries and use different methods to study root canal anatomy. The systematic review aims to combine these existing studies to understand the variations in the root and root canal configurations of human permanent mandibular incisors and canines among the population of various geographical locations, as studied by different methods.
| Materials and Methods|| |
This systematic review was registered in the International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews database under CRD42020185146. It is formulated and written in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-analysis guidelines, 2020 [Supplemental Table 1].
The question in focus was, “What is the prevalence of Vertucci canal configuration with additional types in human mandibular incisors and canines as studied by various techniques and in different geographical locations?” It followed the PCC – Population (P), Condition (C), Context (C) criteria for prevalence studies, where the Population (P) was human mandibular incisors and canines; Condition (C) was Vertucci types of canal configuration with its additional modifications, and Context (C) was the various geographical locations and different study designs used to study it.
A concept table was made based on the PCC criteria. It included the key concepts, controlled vocabulary terms (Medical Subject Headings Terms), as well as free-text terms. These terms were used to formulate a search strategy. The terms were combined using suitable Boolean operators (AND, OR, and NOT). A similar search strategy was implemented in all the three electronic database searches – The National Library of Medicine (MEDLINE PubMed), EBSCOhost, Google Scholar – for the identification of studies for this review. [Table 1]a summarizes the terms and filters used in each database. The full electronic search strategy of the MEDLINE PubMed database is presented in [Supplemental Figure 1]. Hand-searching of the above databases was also done. References were checked of all eligible studies for other relevant studies. The databases were searched between 1965 and September 30, 2020, using the aforementioned search strategy. In addition, hand-searching of two scientific journals (Journal of Endodontics and International Endodontic Journal) was carried out.
Initially, the titles and abstracts of the studies were screened and labeled as “appropriate” or “inappropriate.” This was done according to the previously decided inclusion and exclusion criteria [Table 1]b. Following this, the full text of all the appropriate studies was assessed for eligibility according to the same criteria.
Two review authors independently collected data using a specially designed data extraction form. The data extraction form had undergone a pilot test using a few articles. Using those results, it was modified before its usage. Data where the root canal anatomy was studied but was not presented as per any classification system were extracted, but it was included only if both the review authors could convert the data presented into a classification system (provided there was sufficient data given to enable conversion) and if both the review authors independently had the same result. Disagreements were resolved by discussion until a consensus was reached. For each of the included studies and each tooth category, data were extracted under the following headings: author, year of publication, country, method, number of subjects (with their age and gender, if specified), number of teeth, number of roots, Vertucci classification, additional modifications of Vertucci classification (given by Gulabivala et al., Sert and Bayirli, and Kartal and Yanikoğlu), and the risk of bias.
Scientific merit assessment
The quality of the selected studies was checked using the checklist from the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Critical Appraisal tool for systematic reviews of prevalence studies [Supplemental Table 2]. The included studies were evaluated by two endodontists, who scored each JBI question as yes (score 2), no (score 0), unclear (score 1), or not applicable. An interrater reliability test was performed. Any differences in opinion between the evaluators were discussed till a consensus was reached.
When there was no sample size calculation done in the study, we conducted our sample size analysis using the given formula. The prevalence values of Type I root canal anatomy of previous studies,,,, using tooth clearing and canal staining technique as a method of study (gold standard) were used for calculating the adequate sample size. The minimum sample size required was found to be 207 teeth for mandibular central incisors, 246 teeth for mandibular lateral incisors, and 113 teeth for mandibular canines. A sample size lesser than these values for any one of the mandibular anterior teeth was considered to be inadequate.
The final score of each study applied to the JBI questions was calculated. Then, the risk of bias of each study was categorized according to the final score as “high” (score below 8), “moderate” (score 8–12), or “low” (score 13–16).
| Results|| |
An exhaustive electronic database search resulted in 225 articles on PubMed, 646 articles on EBSCOhost, 357 articles from Google Scholar search, and 24 articles through a hand search. Mendeley software (Version 1.19.4, Elsevier, London, United Kingdom) was used for duplicate removal of the articles. After removing duplicates, 1130 articles were evaluated. From these, 1012 articles were excluded because they were labeled as “inappropriate” based on titles and abstracts. After a full-text analysis for eligibility, 33 articles were excluded [Supplemental Table 3] because they did not meet the inclusion criteria. Therefore, the study selection process resulted in 85 full-text articles [Figure 1].
|Figure 1: A flow diagram showing the process from identification to the inclusion of studies|
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Results of Cohen Kappa interrater reliability performed for the studies submitted to the JBI questionnaire were above 0.7 [Supplemental Table 4]. The risk of bias of each question as answered for all the studies is depicted graphically [Figure 2]. [Figure 3] shows the percentage of studies with a moderate and low risk of bias. The average JBI score for the 85 included studies was 84.85%.
|Figure 2: Risk of bias of each question as answered for all the studies represented graphically|
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The present systematic review includes data of at least 71,404 mandibular anterior teeth (27,852 mandibular central incisors, 27,808 mandibular lateral incisors, and 15,744 mandibular canines) acquired from 26 countries, namely Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States of America, studied by various radiographic and nonradiographic methods.
Root and root canal configuration types
[Table 2] summarizes the data extracted from the included studies for mandibular central incisors. [Table 3] summarizes the studies that have shown modifications in their root canal configuration types other than those given by Vertucci. [Table 4] and [Table 5] summarize all the data extracted from the included studies for mandibular lateral incisors and canines, respectively. Mandibular incisors show a greater variation in the root canal configuration rather than in the number of roots, with a predominance of Vertucci Type I configuration followed by Type III and in some cases Type II. The overall range of these anatomical deviations seen in mandibular incisors at different geographical locations is – Type II, 0.45%–40.1%; Type III, 0.4%–55.9%; Type IV, 0.1%–15.4%; and Type V, 0.05%–17.9%. Mandibular canines show a greater prevalence of two roots (0.2%–12.08%) and only sometimes show the presence of two canals in a single root (Type II, 0.5%–15.5%; Type III, 0.4%–17.5%; Type IV, 0.15%–12.8%; and Type V, 0.24%–6.94%).
| Discussion|| |
The knowledge of the root and root canal configurations of mandibular incisors and canines is crucial to avoid the possibility of a missed canal during root canal treatment. A missed root canal is one of the possible causes of failure of endodontic therapy. The signs and symptoms associated with this could range from no clinical symptoms to severe acute apical abscess. A study reported the frequency of posttreatment apical periodontitis in the teeth with at least one untreated canal to be 98%. Another study stated that 82.6% of the teeth with missed canals were associated with periapical lesions. Therefore, clinicians should be completely informed and aware of the root anatomy and root canal configurations, with their possible variations, before commencing endodontic treatment to minimize the possibility of missing canals during treatment.
The numerous methods that have been used to study root canal anatomy include radiographic methods as well as nonradiographic methods. Tooth clearing and canal staining method is generally considered the gold standard in studying root canal anatomy.,, Micro-CT assessment is a relatively recent method to study root canal anatomy. The differences in the methodology and the various origins of the investigated teeth account for the highly variable results of the present systematic review.
Demographic factors such as sex and age also play a role in governing the variability of root canal anatomy. Females show a significantly higher number of roots in the mandibular canines and simple root canal configurations in the mandibular incisors., A progressive decrease of Vertucci Type I configuration was seen in the mandibular lateral incisors and mandibular canines, when compared to the younger groups. The opposite situation was noted with mandibular central incisors. In the current systematic review, these variations in configurations between different ages and genders have not been mentioned separately but rather calculated as a single value for each type of canal configuration by taking an average of the values given for each age or sex. This has been done to provide a consolidated datasheet to understand the variations in the root and root canal configurations between different populations, as per the aim of this study.
Root canal anatomy was initially studied by Hess and Zurcher in 1925. Since then, it has been studied and classified by various authors for ease of understanding. In this review, the root canal system configurations have been presented according to various classification systems.,,, There have also been a few studies where the root canal anatomy was studied but not presented as per any classification system. An attempt was then made to convert the data given into the Vertucci classification system (done only if the concerned study provided sufficient data to enable conversion).,,,,,,
In the present systematic review, all the mandibular central incisors showed the presence of a single root. The most predominant root canal configuration was Vertucci Type I followed by Type III and in some cases Type II. The population of the Middle Eastern European countries showed the predominance of Vertucci Type I (32.5%–85.5%) and Vertucci type III (13.7%–50%). In previous studies, almost an equal proportion of Vertucci Types I and III canal configurations were seen in the mandibular central incisors of a Turkish and Saudi Arabian population., Another study showed almost equal proportions of Type I (32.5%), Type II (27.5%), and Type III (27%) canal configurations in the mandibular central incisors of the Turkish population. In this review, the mandibular central of the population of the Western European countries showed Vertucci Type I (55%–81%) followed by Vertucci type III (9.3%–26.4%) and Vertucci Type II (2.5%–34.3%). Similarly, the population in the Indian subcontinent showed Type I (44%–73%) followed by Type III (4%–38.4%) and Type II (1.7%–23.5%). The Brazilian population also showed Type I (50%–75%) followed by Type III (16%–28%) and Type II (0.6%–35%). On the other hand, Far East Asian countries showed Vertucci Type I (84.4%–99.6%) followed by Vertucci Type II (2%–21%) and Vertucci Type III (0.4%–13.5%). One study found a relatively high percentage of Vertucci Type II canal configuration in the mandibular incisors of the population of the United States, whereas Type III was not found. A similar finding was reported in the mandibular incisors of the Australian population. Overall, the percentages of Vertucci Types IV–VIII were relatively low.
All the mandibular lateral incisors showed the presence of a single root, except in two instances. 0.5% of permanent mandibular lateral incisors in a Saudi Arabian population and 0.3% of the lateral incisors in a Chinese population presented with two roots. The root canal configurations of the mandibular lateral incisors showed a considerable amount of variation. The most predominant configuration was Vertucci Type I followed by Type III. The population of the countries in Middle Eastern Europe showed the presence of Vertucci Type I (37%–89.5%) followed by Vertucci Type III (1.5%–50%), Vertucci Type II (0.5%–26.5%), Vertucci Type IV (0.25%–15.4%), and Vertucci Type V (0.05%–17.9%). Similarly, the Indian subcontinent showed the presence of Type I (35.6%–68.42%) followed by Type III (4%–55.9%), Type II (2%–23.53%), Type IV (2.94%–8.8%), and Type V (3%–6.3%). The Western European countries having a lesser amount of variability showed Vertucci Type I (67.25%–81%) followed by Vertucci Type III (23.1%–24.7%) and Vertucci Type II (0.99%–21.35%). Similarly, the South American population had a Type I (58%–75%), followed by Type III (16%–28%) and Type II (0.62%–42%) canal configuration. Far East Asian countries showed the presence of Vertucci Type I (66%–95%), Vertucci Type II (2.9%–31%), and Vertucci Type III (0.8%–30%). The South East Asian population showed the predominance of Vertucci Type I (84.55%–87.8%), with a lesser number of Type III (3.8%–12.73%). The North American and Australian populations showed canal configurations similar to those seen in the mandibular central incisors. A very interesting finding was reported by Peiris et al., in 2008, who found a higher percentage of Vertucci Type III canal configuration (55.9%) than Type I (35.6%) in the mandibular lateral incisors of the Sri Lankan population., However, when a similar study was conducted by the same author in a Japanese population, a higher percentage of Vertucci Type I (66%) was found as compared to Type III (30%). This finding reinforces that root canal morphology is variable among different population groups. Vertucci Types IV–VIII percentages were low but still greater than those seen in the mandibular central incisors.
A small proportion of mandibular canines in almost all the studies showed the presence of two roots. The frequency of two-rooted canines ranged from 0.2% to 12.08%, the greatest being in the Iranian population. Regarding the root canal configurations, a vast majority of mandibular canines showed a Vertucci Type I configuration, whereas the other types were seen to a minimum. Some variations were seen in the root canal configurations of the Middle Eastern European region (Vertucci Type II - 0.5%–16%, Vertucci Type III - 0.6%–13.73%) and the Indian subcontinent (Vertucci Type III - 6%–17.5%, Vertucci Type II - 3.2%–8.8%). However, these were still less than those seen in the mandibular incisors.
The root canal anatomy of the mandibular anterior teeth in patients suffering from Down syndrome has also been studied. The root canal configurations were found to be relatively simple and mostly in Type I canal configuration. This finding can help the conventional endodontic treatment of Down syndrome patients.
The lack of homogeneity across the data reported in the studies concerning the patient age, patient gender, and the methods used to study the root canal anatomy could have led to a bias in the interpretation of the results. The difficulty of standardizing clinicians' interpretation of Vertucci canal configuration also poses limitations for comparing studies. All these factors must be taken into consideration when interpreting results from this systematic review. The variations in the root and root canal anatomy of the mandibular anterior teeth in genetic disorders other than Down syndrome should be investigated. Further research to study the variations in root canal anatomy of the mandibular incisors and canines due to functional changes occurring over time should also be carried out.
| Conclusion|| |
There are several prevalence studies on the root canal anatomy of the mandibular anterior teeth studied in different populations with various radiographic and nonradiographic methods. Our systematic review included data from 26 countries including the analysis of 71,404 mandibular anterior teeth. The risk of bias of all the included studies was either low or moderate. Deviations in anatomy were high in the Middle Eastern European countries and the Indian subcontinent. The population of the Far East Asian countries showed the least amount of variations. Taken together, these studies show that the mandibular incisors have a single root, and the most frequent canal configuration is Vertucci Type I followed by Type III and in some cases Type II. The percentage of second canals is higher in lateral incisors than in central incisors. Mandibular canines are mostly single rooted with a Vertucci Type I canal configuration but occasionally show the presence of two roots, though in a relatively low frequency.
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Dr. Devanshi Nitin Dhuldhoya
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