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A broken needle in the channel

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Posted by: ve_neer  (10 years ago)

For the past two weeks, I have been into channel filling because of infected pulpis. Today the dentist cleaned the remaining nerves in the channels and filled them. He then informed me that the thin needle he used broke inside while he was cleaning the four channels. He told me this happens sometimes and it is better to just leave it there. This really bothers me. Does anyone have similar experience? Is it safe to just leave the piece of the needle in the canal? Do I need to take a tetanus injection? Please advice! Thanks a lot!
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Posted by: 24_hours  (10 years ago)

Your dentist is correct. If you remove the piece of the needle that was left in there, it may cause more damage. It is fine to just leave it there as long as there is no pain, swelling or infection.
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Posted by: blockmenot  (10 years ago)
The dentist also left a piece of needle inside my tooth while she is doing channel rooting. She proposed to extract the tooth but I refused. I am glad to know it is safe to just leave the file inside the tooth.
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Posted by: Manchy  (10 years ago)
I would agree, leaving it would be a good choice as long as your dentist was able to disinfect, clean and fill the canals properly to decrease the chance of future failure of pulp treatment.
No you do not need a tetanus injection, your dentist would have advised to do so if it was necessary.
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Posted by: ve_neer  (10 years ago)
Thanks guys for taking time to answer my question! Now I won't worry about it anymore. You are all more than helpful:-)