There is a lot of debate about pulpotomy medicaments. As clinicians we understand the value of maintaining primary teeth as space holders for permanent teeth, but we also don’t want to expose patients to harsh chemicals if we can avoid it. Fortunately, new materials are being introduced to help with this very issue.
Recently we received TheraCal PT™ (Bisco). As a public health dentist, I am excited about this product. It is a biocompatible, dual-cured, resin-modified calcium silicate designed for pulpotomy treatment, direct and indirect pulp capping, and as a base material. The material maintains tooth vitality by performing as a barrier and protectant of the dental pulpal complex. It is also radiopaque and calcium releasing.
What were the Initial Insights of the Dental Advisor team and our editorial board?
– It is very easy to express.
– The size of the dual-barrel syringe may make it difficult to see where you are placing the material in certain areas.
– We were surprised how nice and firm the material sets to. It gives a nice firm base for placing restorative materials onto.
What do our Clinical Evaluators and their patients think about this product once it’s used in their offices? Look for our clinical evaluation in an upcoming issue!