Dr Manjula Kittur


A thorough knowledge of the root canal morphology is required for successful endodontic therapy. C-shaped canals are
anatomic features that present the clinician with both diagnostic and operational challenges. They present as an extensive
complex system and is mostly seen in mandibular second molars. Careful assessment of preoperative radiograph is a key
step for its subsequent management, and this assessment might impact greatly on the treatment outcomes1. This case
series presents successful management of 3 different C-shaped canal configurations in mandibular molars.


C-shaped canals, mandibular second molar, thermoplasticised gutta-percha.

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