Five Year Follow-Up of Heroic Anterior Tooth Save:UPDATE

Terry Pannkuk, DDS, MScD Complications: Advanced Management, Fractured Roots, Surgical Retreatment, Retreatment Strategies, Dismantling, Gutta Percha Removal, Recall Observations

UPDATE: Recurrent Endodontic Disease After Initial Healing, 4 years later

Patient: 52 year-old (2014) male in excellent health

Chief Complaint: Patient reported a bump on the gums above his front upper tooth

Dental History: Patient reported a history of prior orthodontics as a child and previous endodontic treatment performed on the maxillary left and right central incisors in 1970 (teeth #’s 8 and 9). Surgical endodontic treatment had been performed years ago after a recurrent infection associated with the maxillary left central incisor (tooth #9)

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Martin Damyanov commented 3 years ago.

Dear Terry, what do you think would have been the outcome for tooth #9 if (hypothetically) a surgical approach was rendered in the beginning vs the non-surgical one?

Martin Damyanov commented 3 years ago.

Dear Terry, what do you think would have been the outcome for tooth #9 if (hypothetically) a surgical approach was rendered in the beginning vs the non-surgical one?

Terrell Pannkuk commented 3 years ago.

Hi Martin, Without internal debridement the treatment would likely fail later. The goal is a definitive successful result that eliminates disease, restores the tooth to function, and provides acceptable esthetics (in that order of importance, although that may argued by some).

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