Unexpected Bleeding

May 30, 2021

At the end of the shaping and cleaning stages of root canal procedure, we should be able to dry the root canal system with sterile paper points. But, this is not always the case!

Unexpected bleeding intra-operatively can occur for a range of reasons…

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CSI: Canine Space Infection

November 27, 2015

The maxillary canine space can become directly involved as the result of infections from the maxillary canines. The infection from these long teeth can involve the canine space, the area superior to the muscles of facial expression. The resultant swelling obliterates the nasolabial fold on the affected side…

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Not Every Hole is a Canal

October 26, 2013

Perforations or accidental communications need to be repaired as soon as possible in order to achieve the best possible prognosis. The choice of repair material depends on the location and the size of perforation. MTA is still one of the best materials that can be used to seal the pulp floor perforations as long as it is not communicating with the sulcus…

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I’m having a Flare-Up!

March 25, 2013

When our patients experience a “flare-up”, we wish they were experiencing a transcendental jazz trumpet experience, and not the other kind, the endodontic kind! Fortunately, the reported incidence of flare-ups is relatively low, generally somewhere between 1-8%. But when it happens, no one is happy, which is a negative experience for the patient, of course…

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Don’t Let the Sun Set on Pus!

May 28, 2012

A young female patient developed a very large and extremely painful swelling over night on the roof of her mouth. She had been in pain for a few days prior to the the development of swelling for which she had been placed on appropriate type and dosage of antibiotics…

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