To compare pulpal reactions to ferric sulphate and formocresol pulpotomies in primary molar teeth with inflamed pulps.
STUDY DESIGN: An experimental study in 15 juvenile baboons (Papio ursinus).
Pulpitis was induced
with fresh human carious dentine or Streptococcus mutans placed into occlusal cavities in 57 primary molars; after 14 days a pulpotomy
was performed on the same primary molars with the two pulp medicaments randomly allocated; the pulp was covered with IRM and the
cavity filled with amalgam. After 90 days specimens were harvested and examined under the light microscope with the examiner blind to
Reaction frequencies in the ferric sulphate-treated and formocresol-treated teeth were: recognisable pulp
52 and 50, dentine bridges 16 and 12, internal root resorption 12 and 4, external
resorption 28 and 31, bacteria 12 and 23, peri-apical abscesses 32 and 38.
STATISTICS: Fisher's exact probability test showed no statistically significant differences between reaction frequencies in the two
A pulpotomy in a primary tooth may be clinically successful in the presence of adverse histological
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