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alveolar nerve block.
Methodology: Ninty emergency patients who had 1st molar diagnosed with
irreversible pulpitis participated in the study. Subjects were randomly allo -cated into two groups One group received 4% articaine buccal infiltration
and the other group received inferior alveolar nerve block of 4% articaine.
Subjects' self reported pain response was recorded on Heft Parker Visual An-alogue Scale after local anesthetic administration during access cavity prepa-ration and pulp extirpation.
Results: Mean age of subjects was 32.96 years ± 10.105 years. The success
rate of 4% articaine buccal infiltration was 71.11% whereas the success rate of
4% articaine inferior alveolar nerve block was 64.4%. There was no statistically
significant difference between two groups.
Conclusion: Since there was no difference between the two procedures 4%
articaine buccal infiltration can be considered a viable alternative to inferior
alveolar nerve block in securing successful pulpal anesthesia for endodontic
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