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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Karan Replogle


Few studies have investigated cracks involving the pulp chamber walls or floor. The purpose of this study was to create a classification system for intrapulpal cracks and analyze associated clinical characteristics. Retrospective analysis included 52 teeth confirmed to have an intrapulpal crack. The classification system describes the crack based upon its location within the pulpal walls and floor. Documentation consisted of demographic, subjective and objective examination data. Chi-squared analysis tested associations with the intrapulpal crack classifications. Ninety-two percent of intrapulpal cracks run M-D, 75% involve one pulp chamber wall, and 84% terminate at the floor-wall junction or extend into an orifice without involving the pulpal floor. There was a statistically significant (P<0.05) relationship between the location of the intrapulpal crack and tooth type as well as between the classification system and bite test and transillumination. The classification system was adaptable to clinical practice and provides insight into these challenging situations.


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Date of Submission

May 2014

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Dentistry Commons