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This presentation will focus on recent, evidence-based approaches to pulp therapy for carious primary teeth. Current best evidence for a variety of pulpotomy techniques and agents are presented, with emphasis on the controversy surrounding formocreasol. The mounting body of evidence supporting indirect pulp therapy (IPT) in primary teeth as an alternative to pulpotomy is discussed, along with a description of techniques and medicaments for IPT in primary teeth.

Educational Objectives:

  • How to use alternative criteria to determine success following pulpotomy in primary teeth.
  • Recent evidence-based findings about pulpotomy techniques using formocresol, electrosurgery, laser, ferric sulfate and MTA in primary teeth.
  • How to diagnose and determine treatment indications for the alternative to pulpotomy of indirect pulp treatment (IPT) in primary teeth
  • Recent evidence-based findings about the success of IPT compared with pulpotomy techniques.

CE Credit Units:

3 CEUs

Level of skill recommended for participants:

Of interest to Dentists, Students & Residents, Auxiliaries and Office Staff

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Course Materials Features

  • Lessons 2
  • Topics 0
  • Quizzes 1
  • Students 12
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assignment No
  • Category Pulp Therapy
  • Lecture Length 148 Minutes
  • Original Release Date March 28, 2014
  • Review Date October 3, 2020
  • Expiration Date October 3, 2023

Course Materials Content

View lecture, take and pass quiz before receiving your CE certificate. You must score 70% or higher to pass.
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Instructor Info:

Dr. N. Sue Seale was Regents Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science Center in Dallas, Texas. She was Chairman of the Department Pediatric Dentistry at Baylor form 1986 until 2009 Editor in Chief of Pediatric Dentistry.

Instructor Disclosure of any conflicts of interest:

Speaker discloses none.

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  • Steven Niethamer October 31, 2020

    Steve N

    Nice update to pulp therapy. I will miss her.

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