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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 84-88

Cleaning and shaping the root canal with an Nd: YAG laser beam: A comparative study


1 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, K.L.E's Institute of Dental Sciences, Bangalore - 560 022, India
2 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, S.D.M Dental College, Dharwad, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Prashant P Moogi
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, K.L.E's Institute of Dental Sciences, Bangalore - 560 022, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-0707.66718

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Aim: This study was undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of an experimental Nd:YAG laser fiberoptic delivery system compared with conventional methods for its ability to cleanse and shape the root canal space in vitro. Materials and Methods: Thirty-two teeth were divided into two groups. In the first group, the canals were instrumented with k files, in the second the initial preparation was done with a K file and completed with a laser beam. Results: Scanning electron microscopic evaluations showed that preparation with a laser beam is possible and results in an improvement in the cleanliness of the canal walls when compared with conventional techniques. Conclusion: Root canal preparation using Nd:YAG laser results in cleaner dentin walls when compared to conventional methods.


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