Root canal therapy of a molar tooth was a sophisticated treatment 50 years ago: the extraction was the rule.
Endodontics of a molar tooth is still a sophisticated treatment today, but it has become a normal dental procedure in any dental office.
What has changed? Tools, techniques, mentality of the dentist and patient needs.
Dentists today are used to working in very narrow spaces.
Progress in some surgical disciplines, such as periodontology and implantology, has been extraordinary.
Oral surgery, however, was excluded: the tools and techniques for the extraction of wisdom teeth are the same as 50 years ago, even in the video clips we see today on the Internet.
The contrast is even more striking when we consider that dentists safely perform sinus lift procedures in their offices, while referring cases of cysts to hospitals. Yet, the elevation of the sinus membrane requires greater skill than the detachment of a cyst wall.