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Traditional Pulp Vitality Testing Methods - An Overview Of Their Limitations

Balaji Subramaniyan

Citation Information : Subramaniyan B. Traditional Pulp Vitality Testing Methods - An Overview Of Their Limitations. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2011; 5 (1):12-14.

DOI: 10.5005/johcd-5-1-12

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-01-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Pulp vitality testing (PVT) is only one facet of oral diagnosis. An understanding of both the usefulness and limitations of pulp testing methods is essential if they are to be employed in clinical dentistry. Traditional methods which have been followed over the years have still been a point of controversy due to their limitations. With the advent of newer methods assessing pulpal vascularity, it is hoped that it would serve as an efficient diagnostic aid. This paper discusses the limitations of traditional pulp vitality testing methods in detail.

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