Self-limiting versus rotary subjective carious tissue removal: A randomized controlled clinical trial—2-year results

Ahmed H. Ali*, Farah Ben Thani, Federico Foschi, Avijit Banerjee, Francesco Mannocci

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Background: the aim of this study was to assess the 2-year pulp survival of deep carious lesions in teeth excavated using a self-limiting protocol in a single-blind randomized controlled clinical trial. Methods: At baseline, 101 teeth with deep carious lesions in 86 patients were excavated randomly using self-limiting or control protocols. Standardized clinical examination and periapical radiographs of teeth were performed after 1-and 2-year follow-ups (REC 14/LO/0880). Results: During the 2-year period of the study, 24 teeth failed (16 and 8 at T12 and T24, respectively). Final analysis shows that 39/63 (61.9%) of teeth were deemed successful (16/33 (48.4%) and 23/30 (76.6%) in the control and experimental groups, respectively with a statistically significant difference (z score = 2.3, p = 0.021). Of teeth with severe and mild symptoms at T0, 42.9% and 36.7% respectively failed at T24 (p > 0.05). Within the self-limiting group, there was a lower success in premolars compared to molars (p < 0.05). Conclusion: after 2 years, there was a statistically significant higher pulp survival rate of teeth with deep carious lesions excavated using self-limiting protocols in patients with reversible pulpitis. Molars showed higher success than premolars in teeth excavated using the self-limiting protocol. There was no statistically significant association between the outcome and the severity of symptoms at T0 ( NCT03071588).

Original languageEnglish
Article number2738
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • Caries
  • Carisolv
  • Chemomechanical gel
  • Clinical trial
  • Computed tomography
  • Microscopy
  • Minimally invasive dentistry
  • Periapical radiograph
  • Pulpitis
  • Rotary excavation
  • Selective caries removal


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