Pulp hyperthermia during tooth preparation: the effect of rotary--instruments, lasers, ultrasonic devices, and airborne particle abrasion.

Manuel S. Thomas, M. Kundabala

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The rise in pulp temperature during restorative therapy can compromise vitality of the dental pulp. Of the various reasons for the increase in intrapulpal temperature, tooth preparation is considered to be the primary cause. This article describes the reasons for the rise in pulp temperature during various modalities of tooth preparation. The article also comments on the measures that need to be taken to avoid the risk of pulp hyperthermia during tooth preparation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)720-731
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the California Dental Association
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2012


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  • Medicine(all)

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