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AIM To evaluate the influence of a progressive versus constant tapered shaft design on canal preparation by NiTi rotary techniques. METHODOLOGY A XMCT-scanner and custom-made software were used to nondestructively analyse the mesial canals of 10 extracted mandibular molars in 3D with a spatial resolution of 12.5 microm. Specimens (n = 10 per group) were(More)
Throughout the years, various methods have been adopted to investigate bacteria involved in root canal infection and apical periodontitis. This paper reviews the most commonly used microscopic techniques and discusses their possibilities, limitations and sample preparation. In particular, a recently developed variant of scanning electron microscope (SEM),(More)
The growing use of NiTi rotary instruments in dental practice demands a good understanding of their concept of alloy and design in relation to improved properties and inherent limitations. Nickel titanium's super elasticity allows more centered canal preparations with less transportation and a decreased incidence of canal aberrations. Furthermore, the(More)
AIM To test the hypothesis that photo-activated disinfection (PAD) has a bactericidal effect on pathogens inoculated in root canals, with emphasis on biofilm formation/destruction. METHODOLOGY Root canals of extracted teeth (n = 38) were prepared (size 30, 0.10 taper), autoclaved, divided into three groups and two negative controls inoculated(More)
To correlate dental age with an individual's chronological age based on the calculated volume ratio of pulp versus tooth volume measured, an X-ray microfocus computed tomography unit (microCT) with 25 microm spatial resolution was used to non-destructively scan 43 extracted single root teeth of 25 individuals with well-known chronological age. Custom-made(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of a smooth flexible versus active tapered shaft design on canal preparation by NiTi rotary techniques. METHODOLOGY A XMCT-scanner (SkyScan 1072) and developed software (Bergmans et al. 2001) were used to nondestructively analyze the mesial canals of 10 extracted mandibular molars in 3D with a(More)
AIM To compare void detection in root fillings using different radiographic imaging techniques: intraoral analogue, intraoral digital and cone beam CT (CBCT) images and to assess factors influencing small void detection. METHODOLOGY Two straight root canals in canine teeth were prepared. Calibrated steel wires of five different diameters (200, 300, 350,(More)
AIM To define the role of neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) lasers in root canal disinfection along with a minimally invasive treatment concept. METHODOLOGY The hypothesis was tested ex vivo that Nd:YAG laser irradiation has a bactericidal effect on endodontic pathogens inoculated in root canals. Resultant colony-forming unit counts were(More)
External resorptions associated with inflammation in marginal tissues present a difficult clinical situation. Many times, lesions are misdiagnosed and confused with caries and internal resorptions. As a result inappropriate treatment is often initiated. This paper provides three-dimensional representations of cervical external resorption, based on X-ray(More)
AIM The aim of this paper was to present an objective methodology for quantitative evaluation of root canal instrumentation using microcomputer tomography, together with developed software based on a constructed mathematical model. METHODOLOGY A desktop X-ray micro-CT scanner (SkyScan 1072) was used to provide data sets of an extracted mandibular molar(More)