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Radiographic Evaluation of Pulpal and Periapical Response of Dogs' Teeth After Pulpotomy and Use of Recombinant Human Bone Morphogenetic Protein-7 as a Capping Agent

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate radiographically the pulpal and periapical response of dogs' teeth after pulpotomy and the use of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-7 (rHuBMP-7).

Methods: Pulpotomies were performed in 60 teeth of 6 dogs, and the remaining radicular pulp tissue was capped with the following materials: (a) groups 1 and 5—recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-7 associated with recombinant human-like collagen; (b) groups 2 and 6—recombinant human-like collagen; (c) groups 3 and 7—calcium hydroxide; and (d) groups 4 and 8—zinc oxide and eugenol cement. After 7 days (groups 1-4) and 70 days (groups 5-8), standardized periapical radiographs were taken and the integrity of the lamina dura, presence of areas of periapical bone rarefaction, internal/external root resorption, and dentin bridge formation were evaluated. The results were analyzed statistically by Fisher's exact test and Bonferroni correction. The radiolucent areas suggestive of periapical lesions associated with the roots were measured in mm2, and the results were compared by Kruskal-Wallis test.

Results: In the 7-day period, all specimens in groups 1 to 4 presented intact lamina dura and absence of periapical bone rarefaction, internal/external root resorption or dentin bridge formation. In the 70-day period, no specimen in groups 5, 6, and 8 presented dentin bridge formation. Periapical bone rarefaction areas were observed to be associated with 100%, 60%, and 40% of the roots in group 6, 8, and 5, respectively. The largest lesions were found in group 6, followed by groups 5 and 8 (P<.05). In group 7, there was dentin bridge formation in 60% of the cases and intact lamina dura and no periapical bone rarefaction in all specimens.

Conclusion: The use of rHuBMP-7/rHuCollagen as a capping material after pulpotomy did not induce mineralized tissue deposition, leading to the formation of radiographically visible periapical lesions.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Pediatric Clinics, Preventive and Social Dentistry, School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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  • Acquired after the merger between the American Society of Dentistry for Children and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002, the Journal of Dentistry for Children (JDC) is an internationally renowned journal whose publishing dates back to 1934. Published three times a year, JDC promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. It covers a wide range of topics related to the clinical care of children, from clinical techniques of daily importance to the practitioner, to studies on child behavior and growth and development. JDC also provides information on the physical, psychological and emotional conditions of children as they relate to and affect their dental health.
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