Pulp Testing -Implication and Advances
Keywords:Pulp testing, LaserDopplerFlowmetry, pulp vitality, pulp diagnosis
One of the greatest challenges to the clinicians is the accurate diagnosis an evaluation of the pulp status. Pulp
sensibility tests [thermal and electric tests] interprets status of pulp health from sensory response. Thoughit
is the most commonly used test in clinical practice, Recent studies have shown that blood circulation is
the most accurate determinant in assessing pulp vitality as it provides an objective differentiation between
the vital and non-vital pulp tissue. Examples of vitality tests includes Laser Doppler flowmetry and pulse
oximetry. Although the results are promising with these tests,in order to replace sensibility tests as the
standard clinical pulp diagnostic test, practical issues of pulp vitality tests need to be addressed. The aim
of this review is to provide the clinician a thorough knowledge and understanding of various pulp testing
and its indications. The results of any pulpal test has to be interpreted carefully, as false results can lead to
misdiagnosis and ultimately inappropriate, or unnecessary treatment.
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