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A 44-year-old member asked:

Docs, could a pulpectomy be performed from the side of a tooth rather than drilling through the crown?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
No: Best access, visualization, and best post treatment restoration if classic approach utilized.
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Endodontics 46 years experience
No: Proper access is an integral part of root canal treatment. The access can be restored easily in most cases!
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can a pulpectomy be performed from the side of a tooth instead of drilling through the crown?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 28 years experience
Not a good idea: A pulpectomy is used to access an infected pulp tissue through the center of the tooth, even if a crown covers that tooth. Ideally, you want to preserve the most tooth structure, circumferentially, as possible. Drilling the side of a tooth would only serve to undermine good struture and lead to the failure of the crown and tooth. Remember, completing the root canal filling is vital, as well.
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Last updated May 16, 2014

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