14 January 2014 Alternative techniques in root canal debridement
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Studies have demonstrated that conventional chemo-mechanical preparation is limited regarding the decontamination of the endodontic space, which is why alternative techniques such as laser radiation have their importance in the modern endodontic treatment. The present study aims to assess the possibility of improving the debridement of the root canals by removing smear layer using Er: YAG laser radiation. We used 18 extracted teeth, which were subjected to the same initial protocol and then divided into 5 study groups: the control group has not been treated with laser; the other 4 groups were exposed to laser radiation using two different geometries peaks of quartz and two energy levels. Scanning electronic microscopy revealed an increased efficiency in the debridement of all interested areas when using PIPS and XPulse tips at proper energy. In the two groups treated with inferior laser energy, the debridement didn’t prove to be superior to the conventional treatment.
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Ruxandra Luca, Carmen Todea, Cosmin Bălăbuc, Luminita Nica, Giacomo Armani, Cosmin Locovei, "Alternative techniques in root canal debridement", Proc. SPIE 8925, Fifth International Conference on Lasers in Medicine: Biotechnologies Integrated in Daily Medicine, 89250F (14 January 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2044184; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2044184
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