during a root canal procedure, a file broke off in my canal - the canal has been cleaned out around the file - I am told that if the file won't come out, they can still fill the canal around it and there will not be a problem. Is this so?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 10 - September - 2012, at 02:27 AM

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    . During cleaning and shaping of the root canals,file breakage is one of the most  comon procedural aacidents which can occur.Broken file in root canal may or may not cause pain later on. If the root canals are cleaned and sterilized before the endodontic file gets broken, then broken file doesn’t usually cause any symptoms. If endodontic instrument is broken before the canals are sterilized, then it has to removed  before filling of root canals . If broken file is not removed, then it can lead to pain and infection later on. Mild to severe pain or edema in gums surrounding involved tooth after root canal procedure suggests failure of root canal treatment.  If file is not removed and canal is filled, then patient may experience pain months or years after root canal treatment. Pathology beyond broken file can cause pain and infection later on.

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