To evaluate the clinical and radiological response of primary molars to direct pulp capping with calcium sulfate
Forty primary molar teeth in 40 healthy children aged 5-9 years were treated by direct pulp
capping. Teeth were randomly assigned to two groups (n=20) according to material used for capping, as follows: Group 1: calcium
hydroxide cement (Dycal); Group 2: calcium sulfate hemihydrate (Dentogen). All teeth were restored with a conventional glass ionomer
base (Fuji IX) and amalgam.
After 12 months, the overall success rate of direct pulp capping was approximately 75
(24/32 teeth, excluding exfoliations). The success rate did not differ significantly between calcium hydroxide and calcium sulfate
Calcium sulfate hemihydrate was found to be as successful as calcium hydroxide for direct
pulp capping of primary molars with Class I cavities. Further histological studies are needed to support these findings.
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