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This course is designed for pediatric dentists and general dentists who want to update themselves on pulp therapy for the pediatric patients. As oral health care providers, we aim at preventing and alleviating the complications of dental caries, like pulpal infection, relieving associated symptomatology and ultimately, preserving the tooth. However, specific challenges and considerations exist when managing children. Generally, pediatric patients are poor historians, sensibility testing can be unreliable and chairside cooperation may be compromised. In addition, primary and young permanent teeth have anatomical differences that mandate specific treatment strategies. The contemporary management modalities in pediatric endodontics are influenced by new understanding of the pulp healing potential, as well as recent development in pulp medicaments and clinical practice innovations.

Educational Objectives:

  • Understand the biological process of caries disease and the complex dentin-pulp responses
  • Diagnose clinically and radiographically the pulp status of primary teeth and young permanent molars
  • Determine the most recommended pulp therapy for teeth with deep carious lesions: Indirect Pulp Treatment (IPT), Stepwise Excavation, Direct Pulp Capping (DPC), Partial Pulpotomy, Pulpotomy and Pulpectomy
  • Understand the guiding principles used during assessment and removal of carious tissue
  • Understand the different pulp materials and medicaments (resin modified glass ionomer cements, formocresol, MTA, Biodentine, calcium hydroxide, and others) – description of medicament, related issues of toxicity, effectiveness, pros and cons.
  • Understand the possible effects of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) in the pulpal tissue
  • Describe each pulp therapy procedure step-by-step
  • Understand the concepts of Apexogenesis, Apexification, and Revascularization.

CE Credit Units:

3 CEUs

Level of skill recommended for participants:

Dentists, Students & Residents, Dental Auxiliaries and Dental Office Staff 

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There are no refunds for CSPD Online CE courses. For any questions, please contact CSPD Executive Director, Paul Reggiardo, DDS, at
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Course Materials Features

  • Lessons 2
  • Topics 0
  • Quizzes 1
  • Students 15
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assignment No
  • Category Pulp Therapy
  • Lecture Length 145 Minutes
  • Original Release Date October 12, 2018
  • Review Date October 13, 2020
  • Expiration Date October 13, 2023

Course Materials Content

View lecture, take and pass quiz before receiving your CE certificate. You must score 70% or higher to pass. Following the video with Dr. Silva's slides open in another window may be helpful.
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Instructor Info:

Daniela R. Silva, DDS, MS – is an Associate Clinical Professor, Chair and Residency Program Director in the Section of Pediatric Dentistry at the UCLA School of Dentistry.  Dr. Silva is originally from Golánia, Golás, Brazil, where she earned her DDS degree at the Federal University of Golás in 1986. She completed her first residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Castelo Bránco, Sáo Paulo, Brazil in 1989. Dr. Silva owned a pediatric dentistry private practice in Golánia, Brazil, from 1987-2000 and had a part-time faculty position in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the School of Dentistry of Anápolis, Golás, Brazil from 1990-2000. In 2000 she moved to the US and completed a Certificate and Master’s Degree in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan. Dr. Silva joined the University of Florida College of Dentistry in August 2004 and was the Residency Program Director of the Gainesville and the Naples programs until July 2011; when she moved to UCLA.

Dr. Silva is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and serve as Committee Member for the ABPD Oral Clinical Examination. Dr. Silva is also a past Board Member of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry.

Instructor Disclosure of any conflicts of interest:

Dr. Silva discloses none.

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