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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 175-179

Incidence of endodontic flare-ups and its related factors: A retrospective study

Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Pushpagiri College of Dental Sciences, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India

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Manuja Nair
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Pushpagiri College of Dental Sciences, Pushpagiri Medicity, Perumthuruthy, Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta - 689 107, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jispcd.JISPCD_61_17

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Aims and Objectives: The aim and objective of the study were to determine the incidence of flare-ups during endodontic treatment and to identify the risk factors associated with flare-ups. Subjects and Methods: A total of 1725 patients who were treated during the time period of 2009–2014 by the same endodontist were reviewed. Incidence of flare-up, patients' age, gender, status of pulp, tooth position, number of roots, and treatment provided were taken from their dental records. Relationship between these factors and flare-ups was examined. Statistical analysis was done using Pearson Chi-square test and Fisher's exact test. Results: A total of 2% incidence of endodontic flare-ups was seen out of 1725 cases. Patient's age, gender, and diagnosis had a significant effect on the development of flare-ups (P < 0.05). Tooth type, position of tooth, number of root canals, number of visits, and treatment modality had no significant effect on flare-up incidence. Conclusions: Diagnosis plays an important role in predicting the incidence of flare-ups. Patients in the age group of 40–60 years had a higher risk of developing flare-ups. Women compared to men are more prone to flare-ups.

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