Title

Root canal preparation with a novel nickel-titanium instrument evaluated with micro-computed tomography: canal surface preparation over time.

ORCiD

Dr. Ove A. Peters: 0000-0001-5222-8718

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of Endodontics

ISSN

0099-2399

Volume

36

Issue

6

DOI

10.1016/j.joen.2010.02.023

First Page

1068

Last Page

1072

Publication Date

6-1-2010

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The aim of this part of an ongoing study was to describe the dentin removal ability of a novel nickel-titanium instrument, the self-adjusting file (SAF), by using micro-computed tomography.

METHODS: Twenty maxillary incisors were scanned preoperatively at 20-microm resolution and postoperatively after up to 6 minutes of preparation with an SAF with 1.5-mm or 2-mm diameter. SAFs were operated with continuous irrigation in a handpiece that provided an oscillating, in-and-out movement. Changes in canal volume compared with preoperative values as well as unprepared canal surface area were determined. Data were normally distributed and compared by analysis of variance and regression analyses.

RESULTS: Preoperatively canal volumes were statistically similar in both groups (9.86 +/- 3.97 mm3 and 9.80 +/- 2.67 mm3). Volumes increased during preparation to 13.58 +/- 3.85 mm3 (after 6 minutes with SAF 1.5 mm) and 16.43 +/- 3.64 mm3 (after 5 minutes with SAF 2.0 mm), and overall canal shapes were adequate. Unprepared canal surface area decreased from 63.0% +/- 15.1% (2 minutes with SAF 1.5 mm) to 8.6% +/- 4.1% (5 minutes with SAF 2.0 mm).

CONCLUSIONS: Preparation of straight root canals in maxillary anterior teeth left little canal surface uninstrumented after shaping with the SAF. The timeframe of clinical application will depend on the amount of desired dentin removal and done with an SAF selected on the basis of apical gauging.

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