Assessment of the occurrence of pulp stones

Assessment of the occurrence of pulp stones


An attempt to understand the causes of pulp stones formation. Among the causes most often mentioned there are the age of the patient and the degree of occlusal surface wear. It also seems that the diet rich in calcium may bear influence on the formation of pulp stones.

Research method

The method of imaging (RTG, X-ray microtomography) and chemical analysis were used.

History of execution

The description of the implementation was presented in numerous publications in with an international coverage:

  • Tomczyk J., Komarnitki J., Zalewska M., Wiśniewska E., Szopiński K., Olczak-Kowalczyk D., 2014, The Prevalence of Pulp Stones in Historical Populations From the Middle Euphrates Valley (Syria). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 153:103–115.
  • Tomczyk J., Turska-Szybka A., Zalewska M., Olczak-Kowalczyk D., 2017. Pulp stones prevalence in a historical sample from Radom, Poland (AD 1791–1811). International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 27:563-572.

Effect of implementation

The research has shown that pulp stones emerge mainly in correlation with considerable dental wear. The age of the patients does not play significant role in creating the calcium structures.

Impact of the result on: development of science, economy, society

The research conducted allow for the understanding of the process of forming calcium deposits in pulp chambers. The meaning of the studies may be used in forming stomatological diagnoses.