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root canal treatment



  1. the means by which painful or diseased teeth, in which the pulp is involved, are restored to a healthy state;
  2. removal of a normal, diseased, or dead pulp by biochemical and mechanical means, enlargement and sterilization of the root canal, followed by filling the canal, to effect healing of diseased periapical tissues;
  3. the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the pulp and their sequelae.

Synonym(s): endodontic treatment

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