The effects of etching enamel with acid on human dental pulp. A preliminary study

Edward Lipke, Richard Mautner, David Browdy, Paul Rosenberg

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Enamel acid-etching has become a widespread, popular clinical procedure in recent years. Numerous studies have investigated the nature of the acid-treated enamel. However, little or no information is presently available pertaining to the effects of acid treatment upon dental pulp tissue. A limited investigation was carried out on bilateral orthodontic extraction cases to determine the effects of enamel acid-etching upon healthy dental pulp. In each of five cases one premolar served as the experimental tooth, while the contralateral premolar served as the control. After a 24-hour postoperative interval there appeared to be no basic histologic difference between the experimental and control groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-363
Number of pages5
JournalOral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1979


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Dentistry(all)

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