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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2018, Volume : 11, Issue : 12
First page : ( 5382) Last page : ( 5384)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2018.00982.4

Ideal Electrode Placement Site of Electric Pulp Tester: A Clinical Study

Das Aishwarya1, Nasim Iffat2,*

1Post Graduate Student, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai-600077, Tamil Nadu, India

2Reader, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai-600077, Tamil Nadu, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail: nasimiffat@gmail.com

Online published on 18 May, 2019.

Abstract

Introduction

Endodontic diagnosis is the essential aid in deciding the treatment plan though it has limitations and shortcomings. Electric pulp testers are widely used for endodontic diagnosis. Such testing requires the tip of electrode to be in optimal position on the surface of the tooth.

Aim

The aim of the study is to determine the ideal electrode placement site of electric pulp tester for the mandibular premolars.

Material and Methods

Electric pulp tester was used to assess the response of the tooth. A sample size of 60mandibular premolar teeth were included in the study. The electrode tip of electric pulp tester was placed on different sites on the buccal aspect of the tooth. The response of the tooth was evaluated.

Results

The lowest response for mandibular premolar was observed to be on the tip of the buccal cusp. The threshold level was said to increase from the buccal cusp tip to middle third and cervical third. It was also concluded that there was no significant difference found between male and female and also with respect to age in response to level of perception of threshold.

Conclusion

It is necessary to place the electrode tip of the electric pulp tester at the appropriate site for the accurate diagnosis.

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Keywords

Electric pulp tester, mandibular premolar, sensitivity, specificity, dental pulp.

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