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Pulp Exposure Occurrence and Outcomes after 1- or 2-visit Indirect Pulp Therapy Vs Complete Caries Removal in Primary and Permanent Molars

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine whether 1- or 2-visit indirect pulp therapy (IPT) is more successful and to determine if the operator can successfully decide when to stop removing caries without exposing the pulp. Methods: A total of 154 teeth (94 primary second molars and 60 young permanent first molars) were included in the study from a total of 123 4- to 15-year-old patients. The teeth had deep carious lesions but lacked the preoperative signs and symptoms of irreversible pulpitis. The teeth were randomly selected and treated either with 1-visit IPT, 2-visit IPT, or direct complete excavation (DCE). Follow-up examinations were conducted on the teeth over 1 year at 3-month intervals. Results: The pulp was exposed in 12 teeth (22%) treated by DCE, whereas 3 teeth (6%) were treated by 1-visit IPT and 4 teeth (8%) with 2-visit IPT. A statistically significant difference was found between IPT and DCE groups in terms of pulp exposure (P<.05). The teeth without pulp exposure showed normal clinical and radiographic conditions during the 1-year follow-up, except for 3 primary teeth. Conclusions: Indirect pulp therapy in both primary and young permanent teeth can be used successfully with a 1- or 2-visit approach.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey. [email protected] 2: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey 3: Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey

Publication date: July 1, 2010

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  • Pediatric Dentistry is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is published bi-monthly and is internationally recognized as the leading journal in the area of pediatric dentistry. The journal promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. This peer-reviewed journal features scientific articles, case reports and abstracts of current pediatric dental research.
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