The Use of a Novel Approach for the Instrumentation of a Cone-beam Computed Tomography–discernible Lateral Canal in an Unusual Maxillary Incisor: Case Report

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Abstract

Lateral and apical ramifications of the main root canal create potential pathways through which bacteria can spread and remain unaffected by treatment procedures. It is a challenge for the specialty to find techniques that can predictably reach, disinfect, and obturate these ramifications. Here, we report the use of a novel instrumentation approach to aid in the negotiation and management of a lateral canal discernible on cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) in an unusual maxillary central incisor. A 23-year-old female patient was referred for evaluation and possible treatment of tooth 9. The periapical radiographic examination revealed pulp chamber obliteration, existence of a lateral lesion, and a possible complex internal root canal anatomy. The CBCT evaluation revealed the existence of a lateral lesion, a periapical lesion, an additional distopalatal canal, and a lateral canal exiting at the lateral lesion. The diagnosis of asymptomatic apical and lateral periodontitis of tooth 9 was reached. CBCT-aided access cavity preparation and scouting resulted in the successful negotiation of all canals, main and lateral. A novel instrumentation technique with precurved controlled memory files was used for the mechanical preparation of the lateral canal to a 25/04 enlargement. Obturaton of the lateral canal was achieved with a single gutta-percha cone and AH Plus Root Canal Sealer. At the 2-year follow-up, the patient was asymptomatic, and the 2-dimensional radiographic examinations revealed resolution of both the periapical and the lateral lesions. This case report describes the application of a novel instrumentation technique for the mechanical debridement of an infected lateral canal discernible on CBCT and reinforces the importance of treating the root canals as systems that possesses anatomic intricacies that need to be addressed.

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