J Endod 2020 Jun 25;46(6):786-793. Epub 2020 Apr 25.
Section of Head and Face Physiology, Department of Biological Sciences, Bauru School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo, Bauru, São Paulo, Brazil.
Introduction: This case-control study aimed to compare trigeminal somatosensory sensitivity between patients with a clinical diagnosis of symptomatic irreversible pulpitis (n = 33) and healthy participants (n = 33) and to evaluate the impact of somatosensory stratification of symptomatic irreversible pulpitis on pulp sensibility testing.
Methods: A standardized battery of qualitative sensory assessment measured intra- and extraoral sensitivity to touch, cold, and pinprick stimuli. Dental pain intensity (0-100, numeric rating scale) and duration (seconds) evoked by cold stimuli (refrigerant spray) were applied to, respectively, the nonaffected and affected tooth (cases) and the upper right and left premolars (controls); z score transformation, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and chi-square tests were applied to the data (P = . Read More