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Case 7: Combined treatment to save "hopeless" abscessed front tooth

This patient was treatment planned for full mouth osseous surgery and an extraction of her front tooth - #8. Upon examination of the x-ray, an endodontic lesion (root tip abscess) was diagnosed. We performed a root canal in our clinic, with RPE the same day as the root canal therapy. A very efficient and definitive, combined treatment method.



Combined treatment to save hopeless abscessed front tooth
Before root canal therapy infection clearly seen
Combined treatment to save hopeless abscessed front tooth
6 months after root canal and RPE


Combined treatment to save hopeless abscessed front tooth
Before RPE – 9mm pocket
Combined treatment to save hopeless abscessed front tooth
After RPE #8 - 2mm


Combined treatment to save hopeless abscessed front tooth
Before RPE -10mm
Combined treatment to save hopeless abscessed front tooth
After #8 after RPE - 2mm


Combined treatment to save hopeless abscessed front tooth
Before RPE 7mm
Combined treatment to save hopeless abscessed front tooth
After RPE – 2mm

The root canal therapy was performed the same day as the RPE treatment for best results by our doctor.  This combined therapy is pioneering work in saving teeth deemed hopeless due to severe infection to the root apex, as well as to surrounding bone.  The traditional approach for a tooth this advanced infection would be extraction of the tooth.  Note the nice aesthetic result achieved for this patient.

Her thoughts in her own words:

01-26-11

Judy,
It's probably not relevant to your questions, but what I have not told you is that my father was a dentist. He taught me from the time that I was 0 that I wanted to die with my own teeth in my mouth, and he loved what he did. He died a few years ago. Without his voice in my head, maybe I would have "done as I was told" and had my tooth pulled . . . but I just could not. And, luckily, I was fortunate enough to find you. I am extraordinarily grateful to you and your relentless energy, knowledge, and wisdom.

This thank you comes from the deepest part of me. My front tooth loves you too! Well, hey, all my teeth and gums are telling me to say they are equally grateful!

- Linda