Fingernails - foreign objects in root canal: a case report

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Foreign objects in the pulp chamber or root canal are not unusual findings in patients undergoing root canal treatments in which canals have been left open for drainage. Detailed case history, clinical and radiographic examinations are necessary to come to a conclusion about the nature, size, location of the foreign body and difficulty involved in its retrieval. This kind of situation is more likely to occur in children due to their habit of placing foreign objects in the mouth. The foreign objects may act as a potential source of infection and may later lead to a painful condition. Reported here is an unusual case of metallic pin along with multiple nail pieces retrieved from root canal of a patient with nail biting habit.
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Pinky, C. ; Ravi, K.S. ; Krishna, A. ; Vanka, A.. Fingernails - foreign objects in root canal: a case report. En: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry, 2011, Vol. 3, No. 4-1: 386-389