Oral Health Group

Carrier based obturator removal techniques


July 17, 2011
by ken

In anticipation of the introduction of MyDentalChronicles to www.oralhealthjournal.com, I thought it might be purposeful to demonstrate what I’m asking others to do.

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Apical lesion evident 1.5
Dots and associated lines
(from top to bottom)
1. true cyst
2. foreign body reaction
3. extra-radicular infection
4. intra-radicular infection
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Armamentarium for removal of carrier based obturator – Touch n’ Heat, System B, Rotary Files, Chloroform, Hedstrom files, Hemostat
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Use heat source to remove 2 to 3 mm of gutta-percha or Resilon around the carrier
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Fill moat with chloroform – use rotary file (any brand) to ~ 1/2 of estimated WL
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Thread in Hedstrom file with light pressure; pull with hemostat
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Sadly, the companies lack a “return” policy……..
With undying appreciation to Fred Barnett, Terry Pannkuk and Joe Dovgan
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