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Retrograde filling

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At Citigate Dental in Nepean, we understand the importance of providing comprehensive dental care, which includes specialized procedures like retrograde fillings. If you're facing issues with infected root canals causing periapical pathosis, retrograde fillings can be a valuable solution.

What Is a retrograde filling?

A retrograde filling is a dental procedure designed to seal an infected root canal. It is typically performed during apical surgery to enhance the prognosis of the surgical intervention. This technique is especially useful when orthograde endodontic treatment (conventional root canal treatment) is not feasible or has not yielded the desired results.

Key points about retrograde fillings:

  • Objective: To seal and protect an infected root canal that may be causing periapical pathosis (infection and inflammation around the tooth's apex).
  • Materials: Various materials have been studied for retrograde fillings, but clinical evaluation is essential to determine their effectiveness and biocompatibility.
  • Enhanced Prognosis: Retrograde fillings can significantly improve the outcome of apical surgery and contribute to better oral health.

It's important to note that while retrograde fillings are valuable, they are not a substitute for comprehensive root canal treatment. When possible, orthograde (conventional) root canal treatment is the preferred option. However, in cases where accessing the root canal through the apical direction is the only viable approach, retrograde fillings become a critical part of treatment.

If you're dealing with dental issues that may require retrograde fillings or if you have questions about this procedure, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at 613-440-4423. Our practice is conveniently located at 4285 Strandherd Drive, Unit #12 in Nepean, ON. We are here to provide you with the care and support you need for a healthy smile. Schedule an appointment with our dentists to discuss your dental concerns and explore your treatment options.

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