The Influence Of Intraoperative Factors On Clinical Outcome Of Vital Pulp Therapy Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Trinh, Tam
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Department of Endodontics
  • Endodontics is the specialty of dentistry aimed at preserving the natural tooth through the diagnosis, prevention, and/or treatment of pathology associated with the dental pulp and peri-apical tissues. While the pulp is an immunocompetent tissue that has the ability to heal, the prognosis of vital pulp therapy continues to be debated. The inability to accurately assess the degree of inflammation of cariously exposed pulps leads to aggressive and expensive treatment. This project seeks to identify the intraoperative factors that may affect outcome of Vital Pulp Therapy (VPT) on mature teeth with cariously exposed pulps. Our specific aims are to identify intraoperative factors influencing outcome of VPT on fully developed permanent teeth and determine the best practice protocol of VPT. A prospective observational study of VPT on mature teeth with exposed pulp will be conducted in the DDS clinic at the School of Dentistry. Standardized questionnaire and protocols will be used to create a database for evaluating influencing intraoperative factors affecting outcomes of VPT on fully developed permanent teeth. The evaluated intraoperative factors were not statistically significant on the outcome of treatment. This prospective observational study showed that with thorough case selection and appropriate protocol, VPT is a predictable treatment option to pulp exposures on asymptomatic teeth with matured apices
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  • Tawil, Peter
  • Khan, Asma
  • Haggerty, Carol
  • Master of Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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