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In October, 1890, I read a paper on this subject before a society, in Boston and recounted many successful operations done since the preceding May. Since then I and some of my neighboring associates have been so successful that I feel constrained to bring the matter before this Association for a wider field in which to sow such good seed. In almost all cases of exposed pulps the pulp can be paralyzed and removed with no pain or discomfort to the patient. Cases which would seem most antagonistic to any radical treatment yield most gracefully to this.
Pulps of known irritability which would resist arsenious acid are satisfactorily disposed of by this method. Teeth are not "devitalized" by this treatment, as is so often the case with strong caustics, but are simply made "pulpless"—retaining their color and vital connection with the jaw.
The immediate root filling which is a part
BRIGGS EC. THE REMOVAL OF THE TOOTH PULP BY THE USE OF COCAINE. Read in the Section of Oral and Dental Surgery, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held in Detroit, Mich., June. 1892. JAMA. 1893;XX(1):16–17. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420280024001g
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