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J Clin Periodontol. 1999 Aug;26(8):525-30.

Root debridement of molars with furcation involvement using diamond-coated sonic scaler inserts during flap surgery -- a pilot study.

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Abteilung Parodontologie, in der Poliklinik für Zahnerhaltung, Parodontologie und Kinderzahnheilkunde im Zentrum für Zahn-, Mund- und Kieferheikunde, Greifswald, Germany.


In our laboratory, we modified sonic scaler inserts to increase effectivity of root surface instrumentation of molars with furcation involvement during flap surgery. The working end of conventional sonic scaler inserts was thickened ellipsoidally and diamond coated. Inserts with variously angled shafts were designed in order to facilitate insertion into the furcation. A clinical, split-mouth study examined the debridement of molars with furcation involvement during flap surgery using either hand instruments or diamond-coated sonic scaler inserts with 15 patients. Average treatment time was cut by ca. 50%, using diamond-coated inserts as compared to hand instruments for root surface debridement during surgery. 2 years after surgery, the clinical parameters had not been influenced by type of instrument used.

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