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MICRO 1 (2010), No. 1     1. Dec. 2010
MICRO 1 (2010), No. 1  (01.12.2010)

Page 10-14

The General Dentist And Timely Referral To The Endodontist
Berdichewsky, Andrei
The use of endodontic treatment to solve problems related to pulpal and periapical pathologies is extremely common throughout the world. Most of these procedures are performed by the general dentist. However, in more complex cases, a specialist will be needed to avoid complications and provide complete root canal treatment. Ideally, the patient should be referred to a specialist before treatment begins, since it is always more difficult for the specialist to treat a case in which problems have already occurred. This paper examines some of the difficulties that arise when the general dentist attempts to treat patients in situations where immediate referral would have been the better option. Comprehensive diagnosis using radiographs and magnification will help the general dentist decide whether consultation with a specialist is required.