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Article: Volume 44 Number 5 Page 396 - May 2017

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Restorative dentistry:  Complications of an Ageing Dentition Part 2: Restorative Management Options

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Abstract: This is the second-part of this three-part series. The first paper discussed the occlusal and cracked tooth aetiological factors which may be responsible for restoration failure. This paper will outline the restorative options for cracked and root canal-treated teeth. It will also briefly give an overview of some of the potential endodontic complications commonly associated with failed restorations. The third, and final, part of the series will provide an overview of the previous papers and conclude with a case report.

Clinical relevance: Failure of amalgam restorations is a commonly encountered clinical problem in general practice and no one case presents in the same way. Therefore, a competent endodontic diagnosis and implementation of the most appropriate, minimally invasive restorative option requires an adequate knowledge of the current literature.

Author notes: Bryan Daniel Murchie, BDS, MJDF RCPS, PgCert(Implant), MSc(Rest Dent), General Dental Practitioner, Aberdeen.

Objective: To understand the differential endodontic diagnoses associated with a failed amalgam restoration, the relevant restorative options and the associated complications.