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What medical conditions would strongly suggest pulp therapy over extraction?

1)Bleeding disorders and coagulopathies such as
Haemmophilia, Von Willebrands, Platelet disorders
2) Congenital heart disease
3) Immunocompromised
4) Poor healing potential - poorly controlled diabetes


What are some tooth specific factors that will influence the decision to treat?

1) Stage of dental development (>2/3 root resorptioon means close to exfoliation)
2) Pulpal status
3) Restorable/ unrestorable
4) Space management


What questions should be asked with the pain history?

1) What stimmullates the pain?
2) Is it spontaneuos? Yes means poorer prognosis
3) Gettting better or worse?
4) How long has it been hurintg?
- Longer duration poorer prognosis
5) Does it keep patient awake?


What clinical investigations should be carried out for children when diagnosing pulpal pain?

Clinnical exam
1) extent of carious lesion
2) mobility
3) percussion
4) swelling/ fistulas
Radiographs are essential


What are the histological features of reversible pulpitis?

1) Inflammatory cell infiltrate limited to oddontoblastic layer (which is now absent or neecrotic) and the pulp regioin adjacent to the carious lesion
2) Thin to thick discontinuous layer of reparitive dentine
3) Poorly defined cell-free zone


What are the clinical symptoms of reversible pulpitis?

Heat, cold, sweets, air and chewing can provoke pain which dissapears when stimulus is removed.


What are the histological features of reverssible pulpitis?

1) Infflammatory changes extend frrom coronal pulp to radicular pulp
2) Loss of coronal pulp vasculature and nervous system architecture
3) There is inflammatory changes and cell exudate


What are the clinical symptoms of irreversible pulpitis?

Spontanous unnprovoked pain which keeps patient awake at night.
Persistant/ constant pain


What are the histological features of a necrotic pulp?

1) Loss of coronal vasculature and nervous system arcchitecture (as in irreversible pulpitis)
2) Inflammatory changes in radicular pulp
3) Reparitive dentine
4) Absent or necrotic odontoblast cell layer


What are the clinical signs of a necrotic pulp?

Abnormal tooth mobility and tenderness to percussion
Sensation of occlusal interferences
Pain resolves when dental abcess obtains drainage


What are some clinical SIGNS that may indicate pulpal symptoms?

1) Fracture of the marginal ridge in contact point caries
2) Undermining of cusps in pit and fissure caries
3) Large shadowing over pulp outline
4) Sensitive to coold air syringge (maybe...)
5) Alveolar involvement: abcess, sinus, pyogenic granuloma, swelling in sulcus, facial swelling


What should be assessed from a radiograph with regards to caries?

1) extent of lesion
2) Position and proximity of pulpal horns
3) Presence and position of permanent successor
4) Status of the roots and the surrounding bone:
- calcific degenration
- internal/external resorption
- furcation/ interradicular pathology


What are contrainddications for primary pulp therapy?

1) Presence of radiolucency in the furcation
2) Internal/external root resorption
3) Furcation or periapical bone lesions
These signs would indicate EXO


What are the main aims of pulpal treatment?

1) To remove diseased and bacterially contaminated tissue
2) Establish an environment that will prevent future bacterial contamination


What are the indications for an indirect pulp cap?

Tooth with a deep carious lesion, incomplete caries removal and no pulp exposure.
HOwever, mostly for permanent teeth. NOT RECOMMENDED for primary teeth, better off aggresively remove caries and pulpotomy.


What is rationale for a pulpotomy of a primary tooth?

To remove the portion of thhe pulp that has beecome inflamed withh degenerative change while the remaining pulp is treated to maintain vitality.
This is to maintain the tooth withoout symptoms permitting normmal exfoliation without causing harm to permanent successor.
To avoid internal resorption or canal calcification.


What are the indications for a pulpotomy in the primary dentition?

1) Mechanical, traumatic or carious exposure.
2) Inflammation limited to coronal pulp.
3) Absence of spontaneous pain.
4) Absence of swelling or alveolar abcess formation.
5) Patient compliant and is not immunocompromsied.


What are the contraindications for a pulpotomy?

1) unprovoked pain
2) Presence of fistula or swelling
3) Necrotic pulp
4) UNcontrolled pulpal haemorrhage
5) Periapical or bifucational radiolucency
6) Root resorption
7) extensive loss of coronal tooth structure
8) Immunocomporomiised, congenital heart dss, special nneeds


What is the overall technique for a pulpotomy?

Coronal pulp amputated, medicament over the remaining vital pulp (ferric sulphate), coronal pulp chamber filled (IRM), restored with SSC.


What are the 4 zones of pulpal histology on exposuure to Formeccresol and how does it provide a stable physiologic state?

1) Zone of fixation: formaldehyde is bactericidal. it also devitaliseds the pulp causing the coronal third of the pulp to become fixed
2) Zone of autolysis - pale staining with coagulation necrosis
3) Zone of inflammation
4) Zone of vital tissue

It is both bacttericidal and devitalising


How does fferric sulphate work as a pulpotomy medicament and how does it compare to formeccresol in terms of clinical success?

"astringidnnet'. It is an excellent haemosatic agent but does not have a bactericidal effect.
It has been associated with internal resorption when used with ZOE. Clinical success rate of about 90 - 96 % at 36-48 months which is less than 97% success rate of Formeccresol.


How does MTA work and is it a justifiable alternative to more traditional pulpotomy medicaments?

MTA offers a biologically active substrate for bone cells. Its alkalinity stimulates interleukin producction.
Releasess CaOH which induces coagulation necrosis and dystrophic calcification.
It also has a high resistance to bacterial penetration.
Clinical success rates higher than formocresol and ferric sulphate but expensive.


What are the objectives of carrying out a pulpectomy?

1) Maintain tooth and supporting structures free of infection
2) Resolution of innfective process
3) Biomechanical cleansing and canal obturation
4) Adequate fill of root canal
5) Prommote physiologic resorption
6) Maintainn space and function


What are the indications for carrying out a pulpectomy?

1) Strategically important tooth
2) Restorable tooth
3) Poor chance of survival with vital pulp treatment
4) Co-operative patient
5) Adequate roots remaining (no reosrption)


What kind of materials are used for a pulpectomy?

1) ZOE (nnon-reinforced)
2) Iodophore paste. e.g. KRI paste
3) CaOH +/- Iodophore paste (Vitapex)