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January 7, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(1):16-18. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450280016001g

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Two thoughts induce us to present the following suggestions upon the subject indicated by the above title: 1, that pulpless teeth and roots are susceptible of being retained in the mouth and made serviceable and comfortable under a proper treatment, for a much longer period than is usually realized in the modes of treatment adopted; 2, faulty management is so very common that it would seem important that some effort ought to be made for a better mode of procedure in this particular of practice. It is entirely familiar to all dentists of much observation and discrimination, that by far the larger share of disease and discomfort from affected teeth occurs in cases where the pulps have been destroyed (usually the result of decay). Disease and severe pain many a time occur before devitalization of the tooth-pulp, and without some appropriate treatment, the teeth are disintegrated and destroyed.

Physiologically, teeth

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