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Root canal filling evaluation using optical coherence tomography
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Paper Abstract

The root canal fillings are destined to seal the root canal especially in the apical areea. Invasive techniques are known which are used to assess the quality of the seal. These lead to the destruction of the probes and often no conclusion could be drawn in respect to the existence of any microleakage in the investigated areas of interest. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a relatively novel non-invasive imaging technique which presents potential in assessing the microleakage of the apical area in the root canal fillings with micron depth resolution. 3D reconstruction allows a complete view with obvious display of gaps in the apical root canal filling. For this study, 30 monoradicular teeth were prepared by conventional and rotative methods. Afterwards, root canal fillings were produced in each tooth. The images obtained show some microleakage in all the investigated root canal fillings. The advantages of the OCT method consist in non-invasiveness and high resolution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2008
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6991, Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care, 69911T (2 May 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.780901
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Meda L. Negrutiu, Victor Babes Univ. of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara (Romania)
Cosmin Sinescu, Victor Babes Univ. of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara (Romania)
Michael Hughes, Univ. of Kent (United Kingdom)
Adrian Bradu, Univ. of Kent (United Kingdom)
Carmen Todea, Victor Babes Univ. of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara (Romania)
Cosmin I. Balabuc, Victor Babes Univ. of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara (Romania)
Laura M. Filip, Victor Babes Univ. of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara (Romania)
Adrian Gh. Podoleanu, Univ. of Kent (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6991:
Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care
Jürgen Popp; Wolfgang Drexler; Valery V. Tuchin; Dennis L. Matthews, Editor(s)

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