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A Modified Partial Platform Technique to Retrieve Instrument Fragments from Curved and Narrow Canals: A Report of 2 Cases

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      Two cases are reported to present the “Burrow platform” (BP) technique. The BP technique uses a partial platform for retrieving instrument fragments, thereby reducing the loss of radicular dentin.The BP technique is a microscope-aided approach implementing coated ultrasonic tips to create an access to instrument fragments in the middle and apical thirds of the root canal. The technique consists of 4 steps: (1) coronal access, (2) radicular access, (3) partial platform, and (4) exposure of the fragment and retrieval. A precise, angulated access pathway is specific to the BP technique. In the coronal half, the radicular access pathway extends toward the outer wall of the curvature. In the apical half, the radicular access pathway is oriented toward the inside of the curvature. One and 4 instrument fragments were successfully retrieved in the respective cases. At follow-up, all teeth were asymptomatic and had responded favorably to the treatment.The BP technique may present a suitable alternative to fragment removal from curved canals and slender roots to avoid ledge formation, transportation, and perforation. Instrument retrieval using the BP technique can be performed using commonly available armamentarium.

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