CHICO, California--Lares Research has introduced Photon Induced Photoacoustic Streaming, a method for chemically cleaning and debriding the root canal system using Er: YAG laser energy at sub-ablative power levels.
The procedure (patents applied for) is being called the first real breakthrough in endodontics in 50 years.
The PIPS procedure uses the power of an Er:YAG laser to create photoacoustic shock waves within a 15% EDTA solution introduced in the canal. The containment of the shock waves within the canal system thoroughly streams the EDTA solution through the entire canal, selectively removing debris.
The sub-canals are left clean and the dentinal tubules are free of smear layer. The procedure is equally effective for final water rinsing prior to obturation.
With the PIPS procedure, the entire root canal and sub-canal system is more effectively cleaned and debrided than with traditional instrument-only techniques. This reduces the risk of re-infection.
The procedure is less invasive and preserves more tooth endoskeleton than traditional instrument techniques because filing is limited to a maximum size of ISO #20. This maintains more post-restoration tooth strength.
Sub-ablative power levels eliminate the risks of ledging and demineralization inherent with other laser endodontic methods. Less filing and more efficient cleaning saves the clinician and patient significant chair time per canal relative to traditional techniques.
The PIPS procedure was developed by Dr. Enrico DiVito, along with his research team at Medical Dental Advanced Technologies Group, LLC, with assistance from Dr. Mark Colonna.
The MDATG team of dentists, engineers and biochemists carefully optimized the PIPS procedure for use with the Lares Fotona PowerLase AT, an all-tissue laser. Dr. DiVito is founder of the Arizona Center for Laser Dentistry and is a pioneer in the research and development of minimally invasive laser endodontic procedures.
The PowerLase AT laser is intended for optimum performance of the PIPS procedure. The 50-microsecond Er:YAG pulse duration available on the PowerLase AT, combined with the design of the PIPS tips (patents applied for), allows for low energy per pulse and repetition rate. This helps minimize thermal effects and maximize propagation of the PIPS shock waves.
The PIPS procedure is available only to past and future purchasers of the PowerLase AT.
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