Sometimes, we run into cavities that are exceptionally deep, often exposing a pinpoint area of the pulpal (nerve) area of the tooth. This often necessitates a root canal. However, we can attempt to recover and rehabilitate the tooth by capping a small exposure with calcium hydroxide, followed by a well-sealed restoration. The success levels can be quite good: a review of 14 studies have shown success rates of up to 90% with experienced clinicians.
Source: Hilton T, Keys to Clinical Success with Pulp Capping: A Review of the Literature, RCDSO Peak Publication, May/June 2010, pg 1-16.
Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental Health Group in Mississauga
2233 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON, Canada
(1/2 km north of the QEW in the Dome Building)