Fig. 1

A 22year old male patient presented to practice with a chief complaint of discoloredmaxillary central incisors. Dental history revealed that the patient had histiory of trauma few years back . Clinical examination revealed discolored tooth no.11 and 21. Radiographic examination revealed both central incisors with open apex associated with periapical lesion.


Treatment planning was done and patient was  advised to do root

canal therapy followed by Apexification procedure with MTA

followed by prosthetic rehabilitation for discolored central incisors.

Fig. 2

After application of rubber dam  , access cavity preparation was done. At this step, ISO 140no.K-file till the working length in the canal revealed wide open apex , the file was loose within the canal and could easily pass beyond the apical limit of the canal.


The canal was then irrigated with 5.25% sodium hyopochlorite using a 30 gauge side vented needle to avoid its apical extrusion and walls of the canal were cleaned using a circumferential filing motion and calcium hydroxide medication was placed inside the canal.

Fig. 3

MTA carrier or Messing Gun or Dovgan carrirer used under operating microscope to place the MTA in open apex.

Fig. 4

Three weeks later the canals thoroughly irrigated with saline to wash out any remnants of the Ca(OH)2 dressing and 17% liquid EDTA for removal of the smear layer and the canal was then dried with paper points

Fig. 5

Once the bleeding stopped, spot check of root canal was done under microscope. The wide open apex was clearly visible under magnification.


Once the canal was shaped and disinfected with irritants it was decided to obturate the complete canal with Calcium Silicate cement (MTA). The reason for choosing MTA as an obturatingmaterial is that there is resorption evident along the length of the root canal wall. Therefore, it would be justified to place a material that can initiate bone formation along the whole surface.


White MTA was then mixed with distilled water according to manufacturer’s instructions and 3-5 mm of MTA plug was subsequently placed at the apex .


Butt end of a paper point was used to compact the material and clear out any excess from the walls. Moistened gauze was placed in the remainder of the canal and the access cavity sealed using glass ionomer cement.

Fig. 6

Since the MTA takes around 6-8 hours for complete setting, the patient was called on the next day and the moist gauze was removed and a plugger was used to check the consistency of the MTA and to examine if the material was thoroughly set. Full length of the root canal was obturated with MTA and verified on the periapical radiograph . The patient was advised full coverage prosthesis.

Fig. 7

A 12 months follow-up revealed the reduction  of the lesion.

Fig. 8

Dr. Saurabh Doshi

2015:Diploma in Laser Dentistry (Austria)

2017: Master with honour in Endodontics from M.A Rangoowala Dental College and research centre. Pune. India .

2021: Diplomate of Indian Board od Endodontics from prestigious Indian Endodontic Society, acclaimed and internationally.

Author of the book "the Root Canal Obturation - Past,Present and Future".

Saurabh Doshi has been a speaker in various Indian Dental Associations Forums .

A passionate clinician, avid sportsman and a doting father.




MTA showed favourable material for obturation as it results in good periapical seal at open apices by delivering the MTA right at the apex where it comes in contact with the periapical tissues. This method of MTA compaction using devices that allow the delivery of MTA into the apical area directly shows superior apical seal and will surely serve as a better technique for the operator to produce a successful treatment outcome.


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