# Case of the Week: Dilaceration

This week I have a case of dilaceration (an abnormal curvature of a root or roots).  It is important to note that a dilaceration is an ABNORMAL curvature and not to be confused with roots that normally have a slight curve to them (such as the mesio-buccal and disto-buccal roots of a maxillary first molar).  Dilacerations are important to note before beginning endodontic treatment.  If it is not noted before, it can make for quite a difficult procedure.  This case is a dilacerated maxillary canine in the apical third of the root.