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VOLUME 4 , ISSUE 2 ( July-December, 2014 ) > List of Articles


Management of Fractured Endodontic Instruments In Root Canal: A Review

Rambabu T

Keywords : Endodontic instruments, Rotary NITI instruments, Separated instrument removal, Fractured endodontic instruments

Citation Information : T R. Management of Fractured Endodontic Instruments In Root Canal: A Review. 2014; 4 (2):40-48.

DOI: 10.5005/jsd-4-2-40

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 13-08-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; The Author(s).


With the increased practice of rotary endodontics in recent years, separated rotary nickel-titanium (NiTi) files in root canals is the most commonly reported mishap, causing lot of stress and anxiety among clinicians and patients. No clear guidelines can be drawn from the literature available because there are either too few studies of the effects of broken files on prognosis, or the few studies that have been performed involved so few patients. The prognosis is also dependent on file location, prior condition of the pulp, presence or absence of periapical lesion and many other factors. Each case is different. This paper offers a flowchart to help the general dentists and non-endodontists decide which strategy is best when faced with a broken file in root canal.

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