Preparing a damaged tooth and crown for replacement requires drilling that, in some cases, raises the temperature of the bone and surrounding tissues to dangerous levels. Excessive heat can permanently damage these tissues as they increase the denaturation of hard tissue proteins.
Researchers are using high speed FLIR thermal cameras to study drilling techniques in a lab setting. By understanding the conditions that lead to thermal damage, they hope to find the optimal method for post space preparation of teeth.
Download the full paper to learn more about the use of infrared technology in this research setting
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