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The Root Canal Biofilm

  • Luis E. Chávez de Paz
  • Christine M. Sedgley
  • Anil Kishen

Part of the Springer Series on Biofilms book series (BIOFILMS, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. General Biological Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Luis E. Chávez de Paz, Philip D. Marsh
      Pages 3-22
    3. Jens Kreth, Mark C. Herzberg
      Pages 23-53
    4. Christine Sedgley, Gary Dunny
      Pages 55-84
  3. Observational and Experimental Evidence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Linda B. Peters, Brandon Peterson, David E. Jaramillo, Luc van der Sluis
      Pages 87-101
    3. José F. Siqueira Jr., Domenico Ricucci, Isabela N. Roças
      Pages 103-125
    4. Anil Kishen, Markus Haapasalo
      Pages 127-154
    5. Marco A. Versiani, Ronald Ordinola-Zapata
      Pages 155-187
  4. Outcome and Strategies of Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Kishor Gulabivala, Yuan-Ling Ng
      Pages 191-258
    3. Luc van der Sluis, Christos Boutsioukis, Lei-Meng Jiang, Ricardo Macedo, Bram Verhaagen, Michel Versluis
      Pages 259-301
    4. Gunnar Bergenholtz, Calvin Torneck, Anil Kishen
      Pages 303-325
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 357-366

About this book


This book presents the current state of research on the basic scientific aspects of root canal biofilm biology within a clinically applicable context. Root canal biofilms are complex polymicrobial structures adhering to the root canal surface that are formed by microorganisms invading the pulpal space of teeth, and are associated with persistent root canal infections. Concerted efforts to study root canal biofilms have been made in the past decade, resulting in the publication of observational and experimental studies that detail the morphology and biology of these structures in infected root canals. In addition to confirming that bacteria in root canals do not exist in free-floating planktonic states as previously assumed, this new information on root canal biofilm infections has provided an opportunity to re-evaluate conventional clinical protocols and improve endodontic therapeutic measures. 


endodontic treatment microbial biofilms oral diseases oral infections persistent Infections

Editors and affiliations

  • Luis E. Chávez de Paz
    • 1
  • Christine M. Sedgley
    • 2
  • Anil Kishen
    • 3
  1. 1.The Swedish Academy for Advanced Clinical DentistryGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.EndodontologyOregon Health & Science UniversityPortlandUSA
  3. 3.Department of Clinical Sciences Discipline of EndodonticsThe University of Toronto Faculty of DentistryTorontoCanada

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