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Needle breakage duringRCT

Hi, my mother was getting rct from one of the dentist in town, when during the treatment needle broke in to the root, doc continued 2-3 sessions without telling. She was in a lot of pain, visited other doctor and he has somehow treated it to block any movement but its still in root. pl advice
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Dr. Prashanth .V Chennai | Oral And MaxilloFacial Surgeon
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Hi mam , needle breakage is most common complication and it's possible even in expert hands . And mostly it can be retrieved even if it can't be retrieved it's not a serious issue .
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Hi seems u r worried if the broken instrument can move or crawl to any other place ..dnt wry tht wnt happen and sometimes it happens that files do get broken in the root canal..the worst can happen is she wil be needing her tooth extracted otherwise if the tooth is asymtomatic continue with the treatment..best of luck take care
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Hi, breakage of RCT cleaning file is not uncommon, it can happen, need not to worry. Generally it do not cause any harm, rarely flare ups can occur. In tht case it depends whether in which part of root file is broken. Depending on tht treatment can be planned. Very last option should be removal of tooth. Best of luck.
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Hello This is Dr. Mihir Deshpande. Breakage of a Root Canal cleaning file is not something to be afraid of. It is unavoidable and can happen to the most experienced and expert dentists. If it is not possible to get it out, it is generally blocked by filling materials as you have said to restrict it's movement. It can stay there for lifetime or can cause secondary infection too which is nothing different than one caused with a tooth decay. In that case we advice to get the tooth removed. Right now. If it's not causing any pain, it's better to keep the tooth and keep a six monthly follow up. Root canal is an attempt to save a tooth from removal. Sometimes it may not work. The success is never 100% in any medical treatment. Consider this as a small complication and carry on the treatment.
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