Case 41 Lateral canal with apical curve

Pre operative x-ray #4

Patient was symptomatic.

Post operative x-ray #4

Note: Two lateral canals and curvature negotiated and obturated.

Comments: When contemplating root canal therapy on any tooth, curvatures can be problematic.  It is an ideal place for instruments to separate when the canal system is really small, this is a case that should be referred.  It was fortunate in this case the lateral canals were filled and a radial lucency can clearly be seen on a mesial aspect of this root.