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Evaluation of Pulpal Blood Flow Changes in Primary Molars with Physiological Root Resorption by Laser Doppler Flowmetry and Pulse Oximetry

  • Hüseyin Karayılmaz1,*,
  • Zuhal Kırzıoğlu1

1Department of Pedodontics, Antalya, Turkey

2Department of Pedodontics, Isparta, Turkey

DOI: 10.17796/jcpd.36.2.3l9lgu5292r08742 Vol.36,Issue 2,March 2012 pp.139-144

Published: 01 March 2012

*Corresponding Author(s): Hüseyin Karayılmaz E-mail:


Aim: The aim of this study was to undertake a comprehensive quantitative investigation of pulpal blood flow (PBF) changes in human non-carious primary molar teeth with variable degrees of root resorption by Laser Doppler Flowmetry (LDF) and Pulse Oximetry (PO) methods. Materials and Methods: Data was collected from clinically and radiographically healthy 86 mandibular primary molars which have different physiological root resorption levels (PRRLs). PRRLs for each of the teeth were assessed using periapical radiographs and teeth were subdivided into three groups. Results: The LDF values demonstrated a significant difference (p = 0.0001) between all groups although PO did not demonstrate any difference (p = 0.109). Statistical analysis of LDF values demonstrated significant differences between Groups A and C (p = 0.0001) and Groups B and C (p = 0.008). Furthermore, positive correlations were determined between LDF values and PRRL groups (p = 0.0001) and patients' ages (p = 0.0001). Conclusions: In our study, it was observed that the PBF values of human primary molars measured by LDF tended to increase with the progress of physiological root resorption and age. LDF was found to be a more effective method than PO to assess the pulpal vascularity changes of human primary molars.


Laser Doppler Flowmetry, Pulse Oximetry, Pulpal Blood Flow, Primary Molars, Physiological Root Resorption

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Hüseyin Karayılmaz,Zuhal Kırzıoğlu. Evaluation of Pulpal Blood Flow Changes in Primary Molars with Physiological Root Resorption by Laser Doppler Flowmetry and Pulse Oximetry. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2012. 36(2);139-144.


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