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MM-MTA for Direct Pulp Capping: A Histologic Comparison with ProRoot MTA in Rat Molars

Alfred Naaman, Tony Sarkis

Citation Information : Naaman A, Sarkis T. MM-MTA for Direct Pulp Capping: A Histologic Comparison with ProRoot MTA in Rat Molars. J Contemp Dent Pract 2013; 14 (6):1019-1023.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1443

Published Online: 01-04-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).



To compare the histomorphological response of rat dental pulps capped with MM-MTA and ProRoot MTA at 1, 2 and 4 weeks postoperatively.

Materials and methods

Direct pulp capping with MM-MTA and ProRoot MTA, overlaid with light-cured composite resin, was performed on right and left maxillary first molars of 20 Wistar rats. Animals were killed at 1, 2 and 4 weeks postoperatively. Biopsy samples were stained and viewed by light microscopy to determine dentin bridge formation. Data were statistically evaluated with the Kruskal-Wallis test (p < 0.05).


Absence of dentin bridge formation at 1 week, partial dentin bridge formation at 2 weeks and complete dentin bridge formation at 4 weeks are observed with MM-MTA and ProRoot MTA. The results showed no statistically significant difference between both materials at 4 weeks.


Both materials produced similar responses in the pulp when used for pulp capping in intact, caries-free molars of rats.

How to cite this article

Khalil IT, Sarkis T, Naaman A. MM-MTA for Direct Pulp Capping: A Histologic Comparison with ProRoot MTA in Rat Molars. J Contemp Dent Pract 2013;14(6):1019- 1023.

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