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Long-term clinical evaluation of endodontically treated teeth by 15 F CO2 laser microprobe: three years clinical follow-up of 1512 root canals--in-vivo study
Author(s): Gavriel Kesler; Rumelia Koren; Anat Kesler; Nissim Hay; Rivka Gal
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Paper Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the efficiency of 15 F CO2 laser microprobe, in cases of periapical lesions, by eliminating the pathological reaction caused by certain species of bacteria, reduction of reinfection and stimulation of osteogenesis in the periapical region. Until now, no suitable delivery fiber existed for CO2 laser endodontic radiation in the apical region where it is most difficult to eliminate the pulp tissue using conventional methods. To overcome this problem, Sharplan laser designed a microprobe that reaches closer to the apex, distributing the energy density to a smaller area of the root canal, thus favorably increasing the thermal effects. The study was conducted on 900 teeth, divided in two groups. 468 were new case, carefully selected according to strict parameters such as: wide periapical translucency over 1mm, supported by digital x-ray, with a lesion of 3mm and more. All root canals were mechanically prepared in the conventional method up to size 35, Physiological saline solution served as finding solution and were treated by 15 F CO2 laser microprobe for 60 pulses repeatedly. The temperature at the surrounding tissue of the root did not exceed 38 degrees C filling of the canal was possible at the same appointment, without antibiotical treatment. 432 of the cases, which were referred to us by other dentists, after an unsuccessful treatment according to the classical therapy, were treated by the same laser therapy. Follow up was performed by clinical examination, and digital x-ray taken, during and after treatment as well as after 3, 6, 9, 12 month. The result demonstrate 98% success rate in both study groups, according to objective criteria for a successful treatment such as: reduction of apical translucency after 2- 6 months, freedom form clinical complains, and no need for periapical surgery.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 1999
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 3593, Lasers in Dentistry V, (19 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.348356
Show Author Affiliations
Gavriel Kesler, Dental Clinic Ctr. (Israel)
Rumelia Koren, Hasharon Hospital (Israel) and Sackler Faculty of Medicine/Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Anat Kesler, Sapir Medical Ctr. (Israel) and Sackler Faculty of Medicine/Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Nissim Hay, Sharplan Lasers (United States)
Rivka Gal, Hasharon Hospital (Israel) and Sackler Faculty of Medicine/Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3593:
Lasers in Dentistry V
John D. B. Featherstone; Peter Rechmann; Daniel Fried, Editor(s)

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