“Diagnostic Device for the Assessment of Pulpal Blood Flow”
The purpose of this study is to assess tooth health by using a pulse oximeter which measures the blood flow within the tooth. This method is not currently being used in dentistry. We hypothesize that if we can measure both sensation and blood flow in a tooth, we will be able to better determine if the tooth is "alive or dead". In the future, this method may help determine which teeth are diseased and require dental treatments.
Device - Pulse Oximetry
Pulse Oximeter is being applied with a special holding tool to test the oximeter for its ability to measure pulpal blood flow, but no effect of the oximeter is being measured. Thus, to that degree the use is observational rather than interventional.
Pulse Oximeter is a Potential Diagnostic Device for the Assessment of Pulpal Blood Flow