The periodontist realized that the bone loss around this root was not caused by periodontal disease. The patient reported no pain or swelling. He has no senstivity to percussion, normal probing depths (4mm depth on the buccal was the deepest) and when proper vitality testing was completed, the tooth was found to be necrotic. The tooth was diagnosed: Necrotic Pulp w/ Chronic Apical Periodontitis. The patient was given the option of endodontic therapy to retain the natural tooth.
Endodontic therapy completed and a 6 month recall scheduled to evaluate the periapical healing.
Please feel free to share your thoughts about these cases. The purpose of this blog is to generate discussion. What would you have done?
OK, here we are 3 years later. The tooth is asymptomatic and functional and perio probings are normal. Significant healing has occurred. There is still some lateral radiolucency - widened pdl, but at this point I think it was a good decision to retain the tooth.
Our specialty at Superstition Springs Endodontics is saving teeth.