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CASE REPORT
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 65-70

Unpredictable Root Canal Morphology: Expect the Unexpected


1 PG Student, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Narsinhbhai Patel Dental College, Visnagar, Gujarat, India
2 Professor & Head, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Narsinhbhai Patel Dental College, Visnagar, Gujarat, India
3 Reader, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Narsinhbhai Patel Dental College, Visnagar, Gujarat, India
4 Professor and Head, Department of Pedodontics, Narsinhbhai Patel Dental College, Visnagar, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Sohez J Makani
PG Student, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Narsinhbhai Patel Dental College, Visnagar, Gujarat
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


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Background: A maxillary first molar with more than four canals is an interesting example of anatomic variations, especially when two of these canals are detected, with separate apical foramen in the distal root. The inability to locate the unexpected canals of various anatomical configuration and subsequently treat them , may lead to therapeutic failures. Endodontic retreatment is usually the modality of choice in such cases. This report describes a case of a maxillary first molar with five canals (two mesial canals in mesial root, two distal canals in two distal roots and a palatal canal in palatal root). Additionally it shows a rare anatomic configuration and emphasizes the importance of identifying additional canals.


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