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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

Publication:
December 1993
Volume 24 , Issue 12

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Root treatment in vivo with a new rotary periodontal instrument: A profilometer study

Keogh/Alonso/Luxan/Lopez

Pages: 853-860
PMID: 20830880

The purpose of this study was to compare, in vivo, in 30 teeth destined for extraction, the abilities of the Scalex rotary bur system and Gracey curettes to obtain a smooth root surface. The time taken for each treatment was also evaluated. The profilometry results showed no significant differences between instruments with regard to roughness or working time, in single-rooted teeth, multirooted teeth, or in pockets of 5 mm or more. Only for distal longitudinal roughness and in pockets less than 5 mm did the Scalex system perform slightly better. There was some improvement in working time when the distal surfaces were instrumented with Scalex. Both systems demonstrated a similar capacity to render smooth surfaces.

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