Share Email Print
cover

Proceedings Paper

Root canal preparation in endodontics: conventional versus laser methods
Author(s): Harold E. Goodis; Joel M. White; Sally J. Marshall; Grayson W. Marshall; Emrey Moskowitz
Format Member Price Non-Member Price
PDF $14.40 $18.00
cover GOOD NEWS! Your organization subscribes to the SPIE Digital Library. You may be able to download this paper for free. Check Access

Paper Abstract

Conventional cleaning and shaping of root canal systems employs hand and/or rotary instrumentation to remove the contents of the canal and shape the canal to receive a filling material. With the advent of the Nd:YAG laser system another method of accomplishing proper cleaning and shaping is evaluated. Single rooted teeth were radiographed bucco- lingually and mesio-distally and were divided into 2 groups. The first group was accessed and the root canal systems cleaned and shaped with a step back technique utilizing hand files and gates glidden burs. At completion of the procedure the teeth were again radiographed at the same positions as those prior to the procedure. The teeth were split longitudinally and examined under scanning electron microscopy to assess cleaning. The second group of teeth were accessed, and cleaning and shaping was accomplished using the Nd:YAG laser in combination with hand files and rotary instruments. These teeth were subjected to the same analysis as those in the first group. The before and after radiographs of each group were subjected to image analysis to determine effectiveness of the two methods in shaping the canal systems. We will discuss the ability of Nd:YAG to clean and shape root canal spaces and remove smear layer and organic tissue remnants from those areas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1992
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1643, Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems III, (1 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.137373
Show Author Affiliations
Harold E. Goodis, Univ. of California/San Francisco (United States)
Joel M. White, Univ. of California/San Francisco (United States)
Sally J. Marshall, Univ. of California/San Francisco (United States)
Grayson W. Marshall, Univ. of California/San Francisco (United States)
Emrey Moskowitz, Univ. of California/San Francisco (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1643:
Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems III
R. Rox Anderson, Editor(s)

© SPIE. Terms of Use
Back to Top