Diaphanization Techniques in the Study of Root Canal Anatomy

  • Craig BarringtonEmail author
  • Francisco Balandrano


The study of the root canal anatomy is very important in endodontics. The introduction of innovative technologies such as micro-CT or CBCT has provided a great advance in the field; however, due to their excessive costs, it is still out of reach of most practitioners and researchers. Dental diaphanization or transparency methods, also known as dental clarification, are economical in their implementation, and the results are reliable. These features make this technique a useful tool for understanding the internal anatomy of human teeth while providing personal assessment of various endodontic procedures using extracted teeth. The mastery of advanced dental transparency techniques can require a personal learning curve where art and trial and error play a key role. Practice, patience, and perseverance are essential elements in learning these processes, but the basic elements and fundamentals of tooth transparency can give results that allow the teaching and learning benefits that are offered herein. Therefore, this chapter aimed to describe the foundation of the dental diaphanization methodology and provide details about the most used techniques.


Dental clarification Root canal anatomy Decalcification process Diaphanization methods Clarification photography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Private PracticeWaxahachieUSA
  2. 2.Private Practice Limited to EndodonticsTorreónMexico

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