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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 111-117

Role of TheraCal LC in pediatric dentistry: A narrative review


Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) Deemed to be University, Pillaiyarkuppam, Puducherry, India

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Dr. Gajula Shivashankarappa Prathima
Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) Deemed to be University, Pillaiyarkuppam, Puducherry 607402
India
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DOI: 10.4103/jioh.jioh_122_21

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Aim: This narrative review aims to provide an insight into a resin-modified newer calcium silicate-based material called TheraCal LC, its uses, and scope in Pediatric Dentistry. Materials and Methods: Literature search was conducted through various databases such as PubMed, Hinari, Cochrane, and Google Scholar by three independent reviewers using both MeSH terms and free terms. The articles published in English relevant to Pediatric Dentistry were selected, whereas unpublished articles in other languages and studies done in permanent teeth in children above 15 years were excluded. From the search results obtained, n = 258 articles were relevant. The reference list of all the articles included were hand-searched; full text evaluation was done and duplicates were removed. Results: A total of 26 published articles encompassing animal in-vitro and clinical studies using TheraCal LC in primary and young permanent teeth were included. TheraCal LC exhibits shorter setting time, superior mechanical properties, esthetic, weakly radiopaque, and lower biocompatibility. This makes it suitable for its use as a good pulp capping material in deep dentinal carious lesions in primary and young permanent teeth as a protective liner/base. However, few animal studies showed that TheraCal LC is not suitable for pulpotomy and furcation perforation repair, and limited human studies were available. Conclusion: TheraCal LC is found to be a promising alternative as a pulp-capping material to other calcium silicate-based materials in the management of deep carious lesions for pediatric dental practice. However, more clinical studies with long-term follow-up are necessary for its use as a pulpotomy material.


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