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Guided Endodontics: Use of a Sleeveless Guide System on an Upper Premolar with Pulp Canal Obliteration and Apical Periodontitis

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Guided endodontics has been used for the treatment of anterior teeth with a successful outcome. This approach is not only limited to anterior teeth because it can also be used for the treatment of premolars and molars. However, in such cases, space may be a limitation because a long bur has to be used in addition to the guide being placed on top of the teeth. The aim of this case report was to present a novel guided endodontics technique using a sleeveless 3-dimensional-printed guide. This design can reduce vertical space, allowing an open view of the tooth and irrigation during drilling. A 46-year-old female patient consulted the endodontic department with intermittent pain around tooth #5. Tooth #5 presented pain upon percussion and responded negative to a cold test. The initial periapical radiograph revealed an apical radiolucency with pulp canal obliteration. Clinically, there was no sinus tract. The tooth was diagnosed with pulp necrosis and symptomatic apical periodontitis. Guided endodontic treatment was performed with a sleeveless 3-dimensional-printed guide and long neck carbide bur with a head diameter of 1 mm to drill a minimally invasive access cavity up to the root canal. A completely healed apical area of tooth #5 was visible after 1 year on periapical radiographs. This technique seems to be a promising alternative in comparison with the conventional guided endodontic guide design for the negotiation of pulp canal obliteration in cases in which vertical space is limited.
Tijdschrift: Journal of Endodontics
ISSN: 0099-2399
Issue: 1
Volume: 47
Pagina's: 133 - 139
Jaar van publicatie:2021