Performance assessment of novel side firing safe tips for endodontic applications

George, Roy and Walsh, Laurence J. (2011) Performance assessment of novel side firing safe tips for endodontic applications. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 16 4: 048004.1-048004.6. doi:10.1117/1.3563637

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Author George, Roy
Walsh, Laurence J.
Title Performance assessment of novel side firing safe tips for endodontic applications
Journal name Journal of Biomedical Optics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1083-3668
Publication date 2011-04-22
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1117/1.3563637
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 16
Issue 4
Start page 048004.1
End page 048004.6
Total pages 6
Place of publication Bellingham, WA, United States
Publisher S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering
Language eng
Formatted abstract
During root canal or periodontal treatment, directing laser energy onto the walls of the root canal is essential for effective disinfection. This study assessed the performance of four different fiber modifications that have increased lateral emission, including three designs with safe tips to reduce irradiation directed toward the root apex. Free-running pulsed infrared lasers (Nd:YAG, Er:YAG, and Er,Cr:YSGG) and a diode laser (980 nm) were used in combination with plain ended (forward emitting) laser fibers; conical laser fibers, side firing honeycomb pattern fibers without a safe end; honeycomb fibers with silver coated ends, conical fibers with selectively abraded tips, and selectively abraded honeycomb fibers with silver coated tips (20 fibers for each laser type). Laser emissions forward and laterally were measured, and digital photographs and thermally sensitive paper used to record the emission profiles. Thermochromic dyes painted onto the root surface of an extracted tooth were used to explore the distribution of laser energy with different tips designs. All three safe tipped ends gave reduced emissions in the forward direction (range 17–59%), but had similar lateral emission characteristics. Fiber designs with reduced forward emission may be useful for various dental laser procedures.
Keyword Laser dentistry
Fiber optics
Delivery systems
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Mon, 21 May 2012, 16:05:13 EST by Professor Laurence Walsh on behalf of School of Dentistry