Title

Definition and endodontic treatment of dilacerated canals: a survey of Diplomates of the American Board of Endodontics.

ORCiD

Dr. Ove A. Peters: 0000-0001-5222-8718

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

The journal of contemporary dental practice

ISSN

1526-3711

Volume

12

Issue

1

First Page

8

Last Page

13

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Abstract

AIM: To gather data from Diplomates of the American Board of Endodontics regarding treatment of dilacerated canals.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire addressing definition, endodontic treatment procedures and prognosis was constructed and distributed via e-mail to 708 Diplomates of the American Board of Endodontics. Data from 150 respondents, a 21% response rate, were collected by using a Web-based interface. For statistical analysis, Chi-square tests were used.

RESULTS: More than 25% of respondents believed that a dilacerated root should have a curvature > 40°. One-visit treatment is the best therapeutic approach and transportation is the most likely complication in preparation of these canals. A crown-down technique, watch-winding motion and a master apical file # 25 are the best choices for preparation of these canals. Any warm obturation technique is preferred over lateral compaction by most respondents.

CONCLUSION: A crown-down technique for root canal preparation and a thermoplastic obturation technique are recommended for canals whose curvature is more than 40°. The prognosis of the treatment of these canals is judged not lower than normal canals.

CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Crown-down technique and thermoplastic obturation are recommended for dilacerated canals.

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