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, 218 (5), 285-90

Fractured Root Tips During Dental Extractions and Retained Root Fragments. A Clinical Dilemma?

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Fractured Root Tips During Dental Extractions and Retained Root Fragments. A Clinical Dilemma?

J Nayyar et al. Br Dent J.

Abstract

Root tip fracture can occur during the extraction of teeth. The clinician must then decide to either leave the root fragment in situ, or to attempt its removal. A similar decision is made when retained root fragments are found incidentally on oral radiographs. The prevalence of retained root fragments is reported as 11-37%. This article aims to highlight the risk benefit matrix of the removal or retention of retained root fragments, in light of the present evidence base.

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