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Endodontics 1776-1976: a bicentennial history against the background of general dentistry.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  777073     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
During 200 years of progress in endodontics, various sciences have contributed to our understanding of the physiology and pathology of the dental pulp. Early treatment included cauterization of the pulp, the use of poultices or leeches, and tooth transplantation or replantation. Various methods of pulp devitalization are reviewed. Near the turn of the century, the discovery of X rays made diagnosis more accurate and the discovery of local anesthetics eliminated pain during endodontic treatment. Although the focal infection theory slowed the acceptance of endodontic treatment in this century, the biomechanical concept of treatment and research have recently opened new avenues for treatment and have initiated improvements in medicaments and filling materials.
L I Grossman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Dental Association (1939)     Volume:  93     ISSN:  0002-8177     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Dent Assoc     Publication Date:  1976 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-09-01     Completed Date:  1976-09-01     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503060     Medline TA:  J Am Dent Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  78-87     Citation Subset:  D; IM; Q    
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MeSH Terms
Abscess / diagnosis
Anesthesia, Dental / history
Anesthetics / history
Anesthetics, Local / history
Asepsis / history
Cautery / history
Dental Cavity Preparation / history
Dental Pulp Devitalization / history
Dental Pulp Diseases / diagnosis
Endodontics / history*
Focal Infection, Dental / history
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Pulpectomy / history
Radiography, Dental / history
Root Canal Filling Materials / history
Root Canal Obturation / history
Tooth / transplantation
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anesthetics; 0/Anesthetics, Local; 0/Root Canal Filling Materials

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