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Master of Science in Dentistry



First Advisor

Dr. Karan Replogle

Second Advisor

Dr. Sonali Rathore

Third Advisor

Dr. Al Best

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Richard Archer

Fifth Advisor

Dr. Garry Myers


The purpose of this study was to assess the changes in size of periapical lesions 3-12 months following root canal treatment using CBCT. Patients who had non-surgical root canal therapy (NSRCT) or non-surgical retreatment (ReTx) from July 30,2014 to August 19, 2015 with a periapical lesion of endodontic origin and received NSRCT or ReTx and had a pre-treatment or intra-treatment CBCT were invited to participate. Volumetric and linear measurements of periapical lesions on initial and post- treatment CBCT images were performed. A total of 20 patients with 23 treated teeth with 30 separate periapical radiolucent lesions returned for follow up 91-390 days after the initiation of endodontic treatment. Lesions showed an overall reduction in volume (p=0.0096), maximum coronal diameter (p=0.0117), maximum sagittal diameter (p=0.0071), and maximum axial diameter (p=0.0006). Lesions show a significant reduction in size 3-12 months following non-surgical endodontic treatment using CBCT.


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