Article: Volume 31 Number 2 Page 97 - March 2004

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Endodontics:  Root Canal Retreatment: 2. Practical Solutions

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Abstract: Root canal retreatment is often the preferred method of treating a tooth in which root canal treatment has failed.Part two of this two-part article discusses the rationale for root canal retreatment and practical techniques and equipment that are available to practitioners.

Clinical relevance: Root canal retreatment may prevent extraction in a root-filled tooth with persisting apical periodontitis.

Author notes: T.R.Pitt Ford ,BDS,PhD,FDS RCPS,Professor of Endodontology,Department of Conservative Dentistry,Guy ’s,King ’s and St Thomas ’ Dental Institute,King ’s College London,London SE1 and J.S.Rhodes ,BDS,MSc,MFGDP,MRD,RCS, Specialist in Endodontics,Department of Conservative Dentistry,Guy ’s,King ’s and St Thomas ’ Dental Institute,King ’s College London,London SE1 and The Endodontic Practice,Lower Parkstone, Poole,Dorset.

Objective: To understand the techniques available for root canal retreatment and be able to assess cases for difficulty and ascertain when referral to a specialist may be required.

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