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ENDO - Endodontic Practice Today

Edited by Bun San Chong and Edgar Schäfer

Official Publication of the Belgian Association for Endodontology and Traumatology (BAET) and the French Society of Endodontics (SFE)

ISSN (print) 1753-2809 • ISSN (online) 1753-2817


Fall 2007
Volume 1 , Issue 3

Pages: 159-172
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Lasers in endodontics: laser disinfection, an added value?

Meire, Maarten / De Moor, Roeland

With the rapid development of laser technology, lasers with a wide range of characteristics are now available and being used in various fields of dentistry. It is known that endodontic quality is low worldwide (on average 30% to 40% of root filled teeth are associated with apical periodontitis). The major reason for endodontic failure is insufficient disinfection/sterilisation of the root canal space. The question is whether there is a role for lasers as physical disinfection of the root canal, alongside or instead of chemical disinfection with irrigants such as sodium hypochlorite. On the basis of present-day scientific literature it is concluded that: (1) bactericidal effects have been demonstrated with lasers; (2) current lasers are to be considered as adjuncts to root canal irrigants; and (3) current lasers cannot yet replace sodium hypochlorite as the gold standard.

Keywords: bactericidal, disinfection, endodontics, laser, root canal

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