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Annali di stomatologia

Quantitative volumetric analysis of cross-linked gutta-percha obturators

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doi: 10.11138/ads/2016.7.3.046
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Aim. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of technique on the filling quality of 2 recently introduced obturation systems comparatively with warm vertical compaction using microcomputed tomography.
Methods. 36 single-rooted teeth were selected, root canals prepared, and assigned to 3 groups (n=12), according to the filling technique: warm vertical compaction technique WVC, GuttaCore (Dentsply Tulsa Dental Specialties, Tulsa, OK) and Gutta Fusion (VDW, Germany). Each specimen was scanned using a micro-CT. Percentage of voids was calculated and data statistically analyzed using Kruskal Wallis test with a significance level of 5%.
Results. All obturations showed satisfactory similar results at the apical level. Differences between the three obturation methods were not significant at 1 mm (-p-value >0.05), 3 mm (-p-value >0.05) and 5 mm (-p- value >0.05). No root fillings were void-free.
No significant difference was found between the WVC technique, the GuttaCore technique and the Gutta Fusion technique concerning percentage of apical voids regardless of canal level.
Conclusion. This study shows the efficiency of cross-linked obturators in filling root canals hermetically by comparing them to the warm vertical compaction technique. Results show that these obturation techniques were equally sufficient concerning apical adaptation making them appropriate to use in endodontic obturations.

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