Surface modification of tooth root canal after application of an X-ray opaque waveguide

T. Dostálová, H. Jelínková, J. Šulc, M. Němec, P. Koranda, M. Bartoňová, P. Radina, M. Miyagi, Y. W. Shi, Y. Matsuura

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The interest in endodontic use of dental laser systems has been increasing. With the development of thin and flexible delivery systems for various wavelengths, laser applications in endodontics may become even more desirable. The aim of this study is to check the X-ray opacity of a hollow waveguide and to observe the results after laser root canal treatment. The root canal systems of 10 molars were treated endodontically by laser. For the laser radiation source, an Er:YAG laser system generating a wavelength of 2940 nm and an Alexandrite laser system generating a wavelength of 375 nm were used. The hollow waveguide used was checked under X-ray. A root canal surface treated by laser radiation was analyzed by a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The special hollow glass waveguide used was visible in the root canal system under X-ray imaging. Surface modification of the root canal after laser treatment was not found. After conventional treatment the root canal was enlarged. The surface was covered with a smear layer. After application of both laser systems, the smear layer was removed. The resulting canal surface was found to be clean and smooth. Under SEM observation open dentinal tubules were visible. No cracks were present, nor were surface modifications observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)887-889
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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