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pulp test


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The application of an external stimulus (electrical or thermal) to the surface of the tooth to determine the degree of vitality of the pulp tissue. The electrical stimulus is provided by an instrument (pulp tester) which produces a high or low frequency current. Some recent tests have involved assessment of blood flow, and of these laser Doppler flowmetry has been the most widely used and beneficial to patients, particularly after traumatic injury.

Further Reading:

Pitt Ford T. R., Patel S. Technical equipment for assessment of dental pulp status Endodontic Topics 2004;7(1):2.

Subjects: Dentistry.


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