lost crown

MTA… Saving Open Apices One Tooth at a Time!

June 26, 2013

Providing root canal treatment can be challenging in teeth with incomplete root formation. The apex is large and open, the canals walls are thin and fragile, and this makes disinfection and obturation hard to do. Before the advent of MTA, calcium hydroxide was used in teeth with open apices over a long period of time, anywhere from 6 months to 24 months, to induce a calcified barrier over the open root apex…

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3 canal premolar

One Cone Fits All, or Does It?

July 22, 2012

A correct statement?
“After about ten years of first appearing on the market, currently Thermafil obturators are completely modified and form an integral part of a complete and sophisticated system of root canal obturation that, when used correctly, can give optimal results. — W. Ben Johnson”

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Thermafil removal

Alcohol is the Way to Go!

July 2, 2012

During re-treatment procedures, removing the gutta-percha dry (if possible) is preferred. Simply because it is less messy. But I often find myself use a bit of C-form (what we call chloroform in the office) specially when I have to negotiate the very last part of the gutta-percha close to the apex…

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post removal kit

Ruddle to the Rescue!

June 2, 2012

Removing posts from canals could be pain in the neck sometimes. There are many ways to remove a stubborn post from a canal such as cutting all the sound tooth structure around the post with a large round bur (I hope nobody is using this method) or using ultrasonic device…

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