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Br Dent J. 1997 May 24;182(10):382-6.

Technical standard of root canal treatment in an adult Scottish sub-population.

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University of Glasgow Dental School, United Kingdom.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the periapical status, technical standard and frequency of root canal treatment in an adult population in Scotland.

DESIGN:

Examination of full-mouth periapical radiographs from 340 consecutive adult patients (8420 teeth) attending Glasgow and Dundee Dental Hospitals for clinical examination.

METHODS:

Position and quality of the root fillings were assessed together with signs of periradicular radiolucencies. The influence of the type of coronal restoration was also assessed.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Pathologies associated with impacted third molars and outcomes following surgical removal of third molars.

RESULTS:

54% of the patient sample had root filled teeth. 5.6% of the teeth examined radiographically had root fillings, and of these, 58.1% had radiographic signs of periapical disease. 41% of the patients had at least one non-root canal treated tooth with periapical disease. 77% of teeth with post-retained crowns had evidence of periapical pathology.

CONCLUSIONS:

Root fillings judged to be adequate radiographically had a reduced incidence of radiolucencies. Teeth obturated beyond the apex had more radiolucencies than those obturated flush with or within 2 mm of the radiographic apex. A high proportion of post-retained crowns were associated with periapical pathology. There is a substantial future need both for root canal treatment and for standardised treatment methods.

PMID:
9185356
DOI:
10.1038/sj.bdj.4809394
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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