Endodontics: Part 1. The modern concept of root canal treatment

Br Dent J. 2004 Aug 28;197(4):181-3. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4811565.


Root canal treatment has changed considerably since the hollow tube theory was first postulated in 1930. Research continues into the elaborate anatomy of root canal systems, and also into the microbial causes of endodontically related diseases. Only by understanding these aspects in detail can the practitioner quickly and effectively shape the main root canals to facilitate thorough cleaning of the entire system, and easy and effective filling.

MeSH terms

  • Dental Pulp Cavity / anatomy & histology
  • Dental Pulp Diseases / microbiology
  • Dental Pulp Diseases / therapy
  • Humans
  • Periapical Diseases / microbiology
  • Periapical Diseases / therapy
  • Root Canal Obturation
  • Root Canal Preparation
  • Root Canal Therapy* / methods
  • Root Canal Therapy* / trends