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

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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21 Year Recall: Internal Perforation Repair with Amalgam

Long-term recall of internal perforation repair with amalgam

Patient: 38 year-old male in excellent health (1994)

Chief Complaint: Severe tooth ache

Dental History: The patient presented to the author in 1994 having had previous endodontic therapy on the maxillary right first molar (tooth #3) in 1990. Severe tooth pain had developed localized to the tooth 1 ½ weeks prior to the author examining the patient at which time the patient’s dentist had attempted endodontic retreatment. The attempted nonsurgical endodontic retreatment procedure failed to relieve the patient’s pain and the general dentist had performed an emergency surgical flap procedure. Antibiotics and narcotic analgesics had been prescribed and the patient was referred for endodontic consultation (1994)

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Compromised Maxillary Molar: Should you Treat?

Should this tooth be retreated or extracted?

Patient: 76 year old female with controlled hypertension and arthritis

Chief Complaint: History of pain and swelling of one week duration (maxillary right posterior area)

Dental History: Root canal treatment on the maxillary right first molar (#3) had been performed by an endodontist 40 years earlier. Swelling and pain had developed a week earlier and was improving.

Significant Findings (Tooth #3): Moderate palpation and percussion sensitivity was observed upon testing. The radiographic series revealed a large diffuse radiolucency about the MB root and unfilled root canal systems with a parallel post having been placed in the palatal root. Periodontal probing depths were within normal limits with bleeding upon probing at the mesiolingual line angle area.

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