Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice

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Comparative evaluation of ankaferd blood stopper, ferric sulfate, and formocresol as pulpotomy agent in primary teeth: A clinical study

B Ozmen, S Bayrak


Aim: The aim of the study was to provide a comparative evaluation of the clinical and radiographic success of Ankaferd blood stopper (ABS), formocresol (FC), and ferric sulfate (FS) as pulpotomy agent in primary teeth.

Settings and Design: This is a clinical study.

Materials and Methods: A total of 45 primary mandibular molar teeth in 26 children aged 6–9 were selected for the study. Teeth were randomly divided into three groups according to the pulpotomy agents (ABS, FC, FS). Following treatment, for 24 months, teeth were clinically and radiographically evaluated once every 3 and 6 months respectively. Statistical Analysis Used: SPSS version 15 software was used in data analysis. Kaplan– Meier, Log Rank and Fisher’s exact tests were used to analysis.

Results: After follow-up periods ranging from 6 to 24 months (average 20.8±0.56), the clinical success rates for ABS, FC, and FS were 87%, 87%, and 100% respectively. The overall radiographic success was 87%, 80%, and 87%. When success rates of the ABS were compared with other agents, there were no significant differences between groups (P > 0.05).

Conclusion: Similar success was achieved in the pulpotomy treatment of primary teeth that using ABS, FC, and FS. ABS would be considered a suitable agent for pulpotomy treatment and can be used as an alternative to other agents.

Keywords: Ankaferd blood stopper, ferric sulfate, formocresol, primary tooth, pulpotomy
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