Classification of root canal microorganisms using electronic-nose and discriminant analysis

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Aksebzeci B. H., Asyali M. H., Kahraman Y., Er O., Kaya E., Ozbilge H., ...More

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING ONLINE, vol.9, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/1475-925x-9-77
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Root canal treatment is a debridement process which disrupts and removes entire microorganisms from the root canal system. Identification of microorganisms may help clinicians decide on treatment alternatives such as using different irrigants, intracanal medicaments and antibiotics. However, the difficulty in cultivation and the complexity in isolation of predominant anaerobic microorganisms make clinicians resort to empirical medical treatments. For this reason, identification of microorganisms is not a routinely used procedure in root canal treatment. In this study, we aimed at classifying 7 different standard microorganism strains which are frequently seen in root canal infections, using odor data collected using an electronic nose instrument.