Department of Endodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Samsun, Turkey.
Foreign bodies in root canals are rarely seen, and usually objects are accidently lodged and broken in root canals by the patients themselves. The occurrence of a foreign body, such as a metal screw, staple pin, sewing needle, pencil lead, bead or toothpick in the root canal system, makes the eradication of microorganisms impossible. Due to difficulties of eradicating microorganisms, foreign bodies may become sources of infection. These objects must be removed. This case report describes a rare clinical case in which a sewing needle, inserted into the root canal by the patient, was removed the orthograde approach with the aid of ultrasonic devices.
Keywords: Foreign bodies, root canal treatment, sewing needle, endodontics