The capital operation of dentistry is devitalizing pulp and filling of the root canals, as an abdominal section or the opening of an important joint is the capital operation of surgery.
If the peritoneal cavity or synovial membrane is infected during an operation, serious and dangerous inflammatory processes follow; infections of the former in many instances result in death, and infections of the latter result in ankylosis and even amputation. It is Possible for the general surgeon to perform the operations without mortality only because of the great care exercised by him preparatory to and during the operation. On the other hand, the most delicate operation in dentistry, requiring the most technical skill as well as demanding perfect asepsis in its practice, is the devitalizing and extracting of pulps and filling these cavities.
McCURDY SL. PATHOLOGY AND TREATMENT OF ALVEOLAR ABSCESSAND A PLASTIC OPERATION TO CLOSE NASO-ORAL FISTULA AND A NEW OPERATION FOR MANDIBULAR NECROSIS. JAMA. 1910;55(15):1255–1258. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330150015005
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