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Tx of Carious Lesions Should Be Dictated by Clinical Diagnosis, Not Radiographic Findings


Background: Stepwise excavation of dental caries may prolong the vitality of a permanent tooth. Research shows that if the demineralization process is interrupted and treated early enough, the pulp has the potential to heal, even in the presence of an expanded periodontal ligament. Objective: To describe successful stepwise excavation to treat a mature permanent tooth with extremely deep caries and radiographic evidence of apical periodontitis. Design: Case report and review of the more...
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