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Pulpotomy vs. Indirect Pulp cap

 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:10 pm    Post subject: Pulpotomy vs. Indirect Pulp cap Reply with quote

J Endod. 2008 Jul;34(7 Suppl):S34-9. Links
Indirect pulp capping and primary teeth: is the primary tooth pulpotomy out of date?Coll JA.
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Maryland Dental School, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. www.dmd1@comcast.net

Formocresol pulpotomy (FP) in the United States is most frequently used to treat asymptomatic caries near the pulp in primary teeth. Indirect pulp therapy (IPT) is also indicated and has a significantly higher long-term success. Pulpotomy is thought to be indicated for primary teeth with carious pulp exposures, but research shows the majority of such teeth are nonvital or questionable for treatment with vital pulp therapy. IPT has a significantly higher success in treating all primary first molars, but especially those with reversible pulpitis compared with FP. The purpose of this article was to review the dental literature and new research in vital pulp therapy to determine the following: (1) Is a pulpotomy indicated for a true carious pulp exposure? (2) Is there a diagnostic method to reliably identify teeth that are candidates for vital pulp therapy? (3) Is primary tooth pulpotomy out of date, and should indirect pulp therapy replace pulpotomy?
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