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Dr. Shivani Bhatt

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The above is one of the many articles that illustrate the importance of detection, cleaning, shaping and filling of middle mesial canals.

I would like to share one of my failed cases because of missed middle mesial canal.

Case treated by me comes with pain again after 2 years

Chief  complaint:

  • Severe pain associated with root canal treated 46 in a 28 year old male patient

On examination:

  • 46 with metal crown
  • No swelling
  • Very tender on percussion

Radiograph shows:

  • Root canal treated 46
  • Huge radiolucency associated with mesial root


  • Failed root canal with 46

Treatment plan:

  • Re root canal with 46


  • Removal of crown
  • Rubber dam isolation
  • Pre endo built up in composite
  • Removal of gp points by R-Endo by micromega
  • Search for middle mesial canal(mm)
  • Where and how to search for middle mesial canals;
  • Mm is present in the isthumus between the mesiobuccal and mesiolingual canals more towards the mesiolingual.
  • Troughing of the isthmus between mb and ml with
  • Scaler tip
  • Endo guide bur
  • Dg 16 probe
  • Magnification
  • Irrigation to remove the dentinal shavings

At times the mm meets one of the two canals or both the canals at a point near or above the apex.

Prepare only till that point to avoid weakening of tooth structure.

Also read:  Learning Right Bite, DentalReach Style! Our Experience of DR Clinical Series 1

Preparation of all canals with TF

Apical diameter: mesials-30 distal-35

Irrigation: 5% warm sodium hypochlorite MDA

Calcium hydroxide dressing for 10 days

Obturation: lateral condensation

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DISCLAIMER : “Views expressed above are the author’s own.”


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