Managing Broken Root Tips
Broken root tips and retained fragments have long posed a problem for exodontists: Should you leave the tooth fragment where it is or should you take it out? To help resolve this long-standing dilemma, Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks CDA, invites maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Keyvan Abbaszadeh, to lend his considerable experience and expertise to the debate.
“Breaking a root tip is not a problem,” says Dr. Abbaszadeh. “It becomes a problem when you don’t have the next step figured out.”
Walking through a number of case studies to illustrate his practice, Dr. Abbaszadeh clearly lays out the clinical criteria for both courses of action. He also discusses how breaking the root tip in a controlled manner can sometimes be a strategy to preserve the bone and soft tissue in preparation for an implant.
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