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SEM Study on the Effect of Two Different Demineralization Methods with Saturated Tetracycline Hydrochloride on Diseased Root Surfaces

Nadir Babay

Citation Information : Babay N. SEM Study on the Effect of Two Different Demineralization Methods with Saturated Tetracycline Hydrochloride on Diseased Root Surfaces. J Contemp Dent Pract 2001; 2 (2):1-7.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-2-2-1

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-04-2001

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2001; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


The scanning electron microscope was used to evaluate the dentin surface of diseased teeth subjected to two methods of conditioning with tetracycline hydrochloride (TTC) for 1 and 4 minutes respectively. Five groups of twelve specimens each received root planing (control); were immersed in TTC for 1 and 4 minutes; and burnished in TTC for 1 and 4 minutes. Control specimens exhibited an amorphous irregular surface smear layer. TTC, irrespective of the method used, was effective in removing the smear layer. Immersion in TTC for 1 minute revealed obstructed dentinal tubules, while burnishing for 1 minute revealed the presence of collagen fibrils. The 4-minute application of TTC, irrespective of the conditioning method used, showed wide exposed dentinal tubules. No significant difference between Groups III, I V, and V was noted (p>0.05).

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