Common Endodontic Treatment Challenge in an Elderly Patient: Negotiating Root Canal Impediments

  • Cendranata Wibawa Ongkowijoyo
  • Adioro Soetojo
Keywords: geriatric, elderly, endodontic, root canal impediments, negotiation, glide path


A male elderly patient came with buccal mucosa swelling associated with tooth 46 and 47. Periapical radiograph confirmed the presence of periapical lesion and narrow root canals on both teeth. Challenging impediments were sensed upon negotiating most of the narrow root canals which were common in elderly patients. Glide path creation involved pre-flaring, K-file bending, watch winding movement, and very gentle strokes. After achieving patency, shaping, cleaning, and sealing phase can be performed.