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Previously Untreated Apical Root Anatomy

Terry Pannkuk, DDS, MScDInstructional, Cleaning and Shaping, All by Date


Microphoto showing the deepest condensation level (deepest pack) during obturation of the MB root

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Apical branches and accessory canals are commonly seen at root termini and should be routinely demonstrated by most root canal fillings

Patient: 22-year-old female in excellent health

Chief Complaint: asymptomatic

Dental History: The patient’s previous dentist had performed root canal treatment on tooth #14 in 2006. Her new dentist noted a periapical radiolucency associated with the mesiobuccal root of tooth #14 and the tooth required a full-coverage restoration. The patient was referred for endodontic retreatment in 2012.

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