|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 338
Scanning electron microscope - The right tool for smear layer analysis?
Nidambur Vasudev Ballal
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
|Date of Submission||09-Jan-2022|
|Date of Decision||02-Mar-2022|
|Date of Acceptance||02-Mar-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||1-Sep-2022|
Dr. Nidambur Vasudev Ballal
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal - 576 104, Karnataka
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Ballal NV. Scanning electron microscope - The right tool for smear layer analysis?. Saudi Endod J 2022;12:338
I read with great interest the article entitled, “Effect of sonic irrigation activation at different frequencies in smear layer removal; an in vitro experimental study” by Aalmohamed et al., which has been published in your esteemed journal. Even though the study was well performed, I would like to share my thoughts on the technique used to analyze the presence or absence of smear layer. The current study used conventional scanning electron microscope (SEM) for smear layer analysis. However, SEM model is not a sound, reproducible, and valid one. Ideally, a longitudinal observation of the canal using micro-computed tomography is regarded a fundamental requirement to study the smear layer removal procedures. Thus, the SEM analysis for smear layer removal which does not allow this longitudinal observation of dentinal morphology compromises the credibility of the results. Further, in the current study, the samples were not anatomically matched. Knowing that the instruments used to shape the canals touch only 50% of the canal walls,, what was the guarantee that the areas imaged in SEM had a smear layer to begin with? To mitigate this problem, a split tooth model using e-SEM would have been more appropriate.
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