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Brazilian Dental Journal

Print version ISSN 0103-6440On-line version ISSN 1806-4760


FARACO JUNIOR, Italo Medeiros  and  HOLLAND, Roberto. Histomorphological response of dogs' dental pulp capped with white mineral trioxide aggregate. Braz. Dent. J. [online]. 2004, vol.15, n.2, pp.104-108. ISSN 0103-6440.

This study was conducted to observe the response of dogs' dental pulp to white mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) when used as pulp capping material. The pulp of 15 dogs' teeth was experimentally exposed and capped with white MTA. The animals were sacrificed two months later and the specimens were prepared for histomorphological study. The pulp capped with white MTA showed a healing process with complete dentin bridge formation in all samples. In some cases, there was not a tubular dentin shape, but only a structure with an interesting morphological aspect sealing the exposure site. Only 2 specimens exhibited pulp inflammation. In conclusion, the data obtained in this study showed that white MTA has the necessary properties of a pulp capping material.

Keywords : dental pulp capping; mineral trioxide aggregate.

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