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Article: Volume 43 Number 7 Page 697 - September 2016

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Technique Tips:  Technique Tips – Removing a fractured root tip with a Hedstrom endodontic file

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Abstract: A common complication of exodontia is the fracture of a root tip (Figure 1). Often the root fragment is visible but withdrawing it can be troublesome. It is usually out of reach of conventional surgical instruments, such as luxators and forceps, and longer instruments such as probes cannot grip the fragment sufficiently. While bone removal can be carried out to facilitate access, a quicker and less invasive option has been reported using Hedstrom endodontic files.1

Author notes: Richard Lilleker, BDS, Gwynne Dental, 41 Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke RG21 3EP, UK (richard@gwynnedental.co.uk).