March 2014 Issue

Saving Diseased and Damaged Teeth

Advances in root canals, such as Cornell’s use of rotary instruments, result in success rates equal to humans’

Root canal treatment for cats might sound far-fetched, but they’re performed at university hospitals and specialty practices around the country to save damaged and diseased teeth that might otherwise be extracted. In fact, newly available techniques and equipment in veterinary medicine have advanced the field of endodontics — the study and treatment of dental pulp — to the point where root canal treatment success rates in pets equal those in humans.

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