Microendodontic. Case Study Number 511536
Sixty years old patient presenting with an abscessed mandibular molar. Diagnosis: Persisting disease after (25 year old) root canal treatment. A crown and two post removal where necessary in order to gain access to root canal system for retreatment.
Only two apointments required to save that tooth:
First apointment: Crown and post removals plus root canal filling retrieval and calcium hydroxide insertion as a medicament.
Second apointment: Calcium hydroxyde removal, irrigation, drying, final canal obturation gutta percha and Pulp Canal Sealer. Provisional filling material: Clip (not radiopaque) from Voco.
Tooth is now symptom free and it is now ready for a post and a PFM crown.
A complex root canal retreatment does not have to mean extraction and replacement by a dental implant. A research study by Farzaneh et al. on treatment outcome in endodontic found an orthograde root canal retreatment success rate of 93% .
(Farzaneh M., Abitbol S., Friedman S. Treatment outcome in endodontics: The Toronto Study. Phases I and II: Orthograde retreatment. J Endod 2004; 30(9):627-633)