Indian Journal of Dental Research

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 664--666

Accidental separation and lodgment of rotary endodontic file into the dentist's thumb


Rohit Karnik1, Subraj Shetty2, Rajiv S Desai3, Karthick Shetty4 
1 Department of Periodontology, Yogita Dental College and Hospital, Khed, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, School of Dentistry, D.Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, D.Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Subraj Shetty
Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, School of Dentistry, D.Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
India

Separation of the endodontic instrument within the root canal system and sharp injuries to the dentist is not an uncommon event in endodontic practice. Although root canal instruments can fracture at any stage of endodontic treatment, its fracture within the dentist's hand is a very rare event. An unusual case of accidental separation and lodgment of rotary endodontic file in the dentist's thumb is presented along with its management. A 33-year-old dentist reported with an accidental lodgment of rotary endodontic file into his thumb. The fractured instrument was removed successfully by a surgeon. The present case describes a rare event of occupational risk in endodontic practice.


How to cite this article:
Karnik R, Shetty S, Desai RS, Shetty K. Accidental separation and lodgment of rotary endodontic file into the dentist's thumb.Indian J Dent Res 2016;27:664-666


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Karnik R, Shetty S, Desai RS, Shetty K. Accidental separation and lodgment of rotary endodontic file into the dentist's thumb. Indian J Dent Res [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Apr 10 ];27:664-666
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