What is EPT in dentistry?

One of the most well-established tools for the evaluation of pulp vitality is the electric pulp test or EPT. The EPT measures the vitality of the dental pulp indirectly, by sending a gradually increasing electrical current through the tooth to stimulate a sensory response.

How do you use an EPT dental?

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  1. Check out an EPT from the dispensary.
  2. Insert one of the tips into the handle.
  3. Set the rate using the dial.
  4. Dry the tooth and apply toothpaste to the tooth surface and to the tip of the EPT.
  5. Hold the plastic part of the handle.

What is an electric pulp test and is it reliable?

Abstract. The electric pulp test (EPT) is one type of pulp sensibility test that can be used as an aid in the diagnosis of the status of the dental pulp. However, like thermal pulp sensibility tests, it does not provide any direct information about the vitality (blood supply) of the pulp or whether the pulp is necrotic …

Is EPT reliable?

Conclusions: CO(2), EPT, and LDF were reliable and the most accurate tests, but CO(2) and EPT were less repeatable yet less time-consuming than LDF. EF was reliable but not as accurate as EPT and CO(2) and less repeatable than Ice and LDF. Ice was the most repeatable but the least accurate and least reliable test.

What is an EPT Test?

The EPT measures the vitality of the dental pulp indirectly, by sending a gradually increasing electrical current through the tooth to stimulate a sensory response. Every tooth is innervated by nerve fibers arising from the trigeminal (V) nerve nucleus.

Does EPT correlate with pulpal histology?

By the late 1960s, many investigators had concluded that EPT result could not be correlated with pulpal histology. A positive EPT simply indicated a vital pulp while a negative result indicated a necrotic pulp. EPT records a number from 0-80. Any response prior to 80 is indicative of a vital pulp.

What is the EPT Test for pulp vitality?

One of the most well-established tools for the evaluation of pulp vitality is the electric pulp test or EPT. The EPT measures the vitality of the dental pulp indirectly, by sending a gradually increasing electrical current through the tooth to stimulate a sensory response.

How do I use the EPT tip?

For optimal results place the EPT tip on a dry tooth with a conducting medium such as toothpaste. Placing the tip on the incisal 1/3 of the tooth generally gives the most accurate reading.