Below are 6 ways of vitality testing in a tooth. 1 or more of these will help you determine a diagnosis and thus a treatment plan for the tooth in question!
1.Electric Pulp Testing
This involves sending an electric current through the patients tissues to assess the pulp vitality. The sensation will quickly disappear when the stimulus is removed. When the sensation lingers, it signifies stimulation of C fibres, and irreversible pulpitis. No response means that the nerve is non-vital.
Applying heat can be very fiddly. Textbooks suggest hot gutta percha or isolating with rubber dam and immersing the tooth with hot water. The test results are largely similar to that of electric pulp testing.