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Longstanding Endodontic Disease Ignored by the Patient

Terry Pannkuk, DDS, MScDDiagnostic Puzzles, Retreatment Strategies, Dismantling, Recall Observations, All by Date


Opening of the MB2 canal orifice led to drainage of pus

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Subtle Endodontic Disease is Often Ignored

Patient: 69 Year Old Male, controlled hypertension, with a history of heart attack in 2005 (8 years prior to the initial consultation)

Chief Complaint: sporadic headaches and occasional pain in the upper left jaw

Dental History: Previous endodontic therapy had been performed on tooth #14 20 years prior to the consultation. A crown was placed after treatment. No recent dentistry other than routine cleanings had been performed. The patient reported that he wore a night splint.

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