The influence of haemostatic agents on healing of healthy human dental pulp tissue capped with calcium hydroxide

  • Silva A
  • Tarquinio S
  • Demarco F
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AIM: To investigate the hypothesis that different haemostatic agents could impair the histological response of human pulps capped with calcium hydroxide. METHODOLOGY: Forty-five third molars scheduled for extraction were selected. Class I cavities with pulp exposures were prepared. Three agents were used to control bleeding: 0.9% saline solution (control, n = 14), 5.25% sodium hypochlorite (n = 16) and 2% chlorhexidine digluconate (n = 15). The pulps were dressed with hard-setting calcium hydroxide cement. After 7, 30 or 90 days, teeth were extracted, formalin-fixed and prepared for histochemical techniques. The biological response was categorized using the following criteria: inflammatory response, soft tissue organization, reactionary dentine and reparative dentine. Data were submitted to statistical analysis, using nonparametric Kruskal-Wallis one-way analysis of variance on ranks. Differences amongst groups were detected using Dunn's method. RESULTS: The statistical analysis disclosed that whilst inflammatory response decreased over time, reactionary dentine deposition and reparative dentine formation increased in the latter periods of evaluation (P < 0.05). The three agents had similar performances for all criteria evaluated. The conventional pulp response to calcium hydroxide was observed over time, and complete pulp healing was observed in 88% of the specimens after 90 days. CONCLUSION: The three haemostatic agents did not impair the healing process following pulp exposure and capping with calcium hydroxide at different time intervals investigated.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Biocompatibility
  • Calcium hydroxide
  • Haemostatic agents
  • Pulp healing

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