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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

September 2002
Volume 33 , Issue 8

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Retrieval of a foreign object from the palatal root canal of a permanent maxillary first molar: A case report

Ujwal M. Nadkarni, MDS; Amita Munshi, MDS; Satyawan G. Damle, MDS; Ritesh R. Kalaskar, BDS

Pages: 609-612
PMID: 12238693

A 12-year-old boy presented with a fractured sewing needle within the palatal root canal of a nonvital permanent maxillary first molar. The patient admitted that he had often placed a sewing needle in the tooth to relieve discomfort associated with it. A minimal amount of tooth structure was removed around the foreign object to facilitate access for K-type files. Under copious irrigation, the files were worked around the object to loosen it. The fractured needle was removed with a tweezers that had long, narrow beaks. Use of this simple technique allowed the object to be removed from the root canal with minimal damage to internal tooth structure.

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