SP-47 Management of Horizontal Root Fractures

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CE: 0.75

Course Description: 

Horizontal root fractures are complex injuries as many tissues are involved - pulp, dentine, cementum, bone and periodontal ligament. These fractures can occur at different levels of the root. Fractures in the apical third and mid-third of the root should be managed conservatively and predictable healing can usually be achieved without needing root canal treatment. Management of coronal third fractures is based on whether the fracture occurs sub-crestally (within bone) or supra-crestally (outside bone). Sub-crestal fractures should be managed conservatively while supra-crestal fractures require more invasive treatment. This presentation will outline the types of horizontal root fractures, the healing responses following such fractures, options for managing these fractures to obtain the best outcome and how to manage adverse outcomes.

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the various types of horizontal root fractures.
  • Evaluate the prognosis for the different types of root fractures.
  • Manage the various types of root fractures to provide a good prognosis for the tooth.


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5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
0.75 CE credits  |  Certificate available
0.75 CE credits  |  Certificate available

Paul V. Abbott, B.D.Sc., M.D.S., FRACDS(Endo)

Prof. Paul Abbott is the Winthrop Professor of Clinical Dentistry at The University of Western Australia where he co-ordinates and teaches both the undergraduate and postgraduate endodontic programmes. From 1986-2002, Prof. Abbott worked mainly in private specialist Endodontic practice with part-time university appointments. In 2003, he was appointed Dean of the School of Dentistry and Director of the Oral Health Centre of WA, positions he held until 2009. From 2010-2012, he was Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research. Now he concentrates on teaching and research, as well as working part-time in private practice. He has presented over 650 lectures and courses in 40 countries. He has published 115 articles in refereed journals and 18 textbook chapters. He serves on Editorial Boards and Scientific Review Panels of 17 journals. Prof. Abbott is a Past President of the International Federation of Endodontic Associations, the Asian Pacific Endodontic Confederation and the Australian Society of Endodontology. He has been a Director of the Australian Dental Council and is now a member of the Dental Board of Australia. In 2004, he was awarded the University of Western Australia’s Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2008 the Australian Dental Association awarded him their Service Medallion.

Paul Vincent. Abbott, B,D.Sc., MDS, FRACDS(Endo)

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