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Cariously exposed pulps may benefit from vital pulp therapies

L. Virginia Powell DMD, GPR .


Systematic Review Conclusion

Dentists can treat permanent teeth with cariously exposed pulps successfully with vital pulp therapy.

Critical Summary Assessment

Preliminary evidence supports use of vital pulp therapy when pulps have carious exposure, with success rates ranging from 73 to 99 percent.

Evidence Quality Rating

Limited Evidence

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at:

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019