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Comparative study between formocresol and glutaraldehyde in pulpotomy – literature review

Author(s): Sandra Maria Alves SAYÃO MAIA | Paulo Gama RIBEIRO | Érica Cristina MARCHIORI

Journal: Revista Sul-brasiliera de Odontologia
ISSN 1806-7727

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 27;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: conservative endodontic | pulpotomy | glutaraldehyde | formocresol.

The pulps exposures caused by caries lesions or trauma, in deciduousteeth, frequently result in pulpotomy. Pulpotomy is the removal of thetissue that fills the camera pulp – that is to say, coronary pulp – and also the protection of the remaining root pulp with medication. This conservative procedure is recommended to deciduous teeth in the initial phase of the root reabsorption process or – even better – when the process hasn't occurred yet. Besides, they present reversible inflammatory characteristics, basic requirement to maintain the pulp vitality. The present study aims at determining if one should make therapeutic use of the formocresol or glutaraldehyde as chemical agents in the pulpotomy of deciduous teeth. The conclusion is that the formocresol as well as the glutaraldehyde are not totally innocuous materials. However, the pulpotomy with glutaraldehyde seems to present better results than thatone, because it presents a lower rate of undesirable pulp reactions, when used at 2% for a 5-minute period.

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