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Journal of Applied Oral Science

Print version ISSN 1678-7757On-line version ISSN 1678-7765

J. Appl. Oral Sci. vol.13 no.2 Bauru Apr/June 2005

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1678-77572005000200016 

ORIGINAL ARTICLES

 

Influence of gutta-percha points on the filling of simulated lateral canals

 

Influência dos cones de guta-percha na obturação de canais laterais artificiais

 

 

Juliana Machado BarrosoI, Laise Daniela CarrascoI, Alexandre CapelliII, Danilo Mathias Zanello GuerisoliII, Paulo César SaquyIII, Jesus Djalma PécoraIV

IDDS, Postgraduate student of the master's degree program in Endodontics. Endodontic Laboratory Center, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Ribeirão Preto Dental School, University of São Paulo, Brazil
IIDDS, MSc in Endodontics. Endodontic Laboratory Center, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Ribeirão Preto Dental School, University of São Paulo, Brazil
IIIDDS, MSc, PhD, Associate Professor of Ergonomics.ndodontic Laboratory Center, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Ribeirão Preto Dental School, University of São Paulo, Brazil
IVDDS, MSc, PhD, Chairman and Professor of Endodontics. Endodontic Laboratory Center, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Ribeirão Preto Dental School, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

The aim of this study was to investigate, in vitro, the percentage of filling of simulated lateral canals in teeth obturated with TP medium and standardized gutta-percha points. Twenty human mandibular canines were prepared with LA Axxess (SybronEndo) and K3 Endo rotary system (SybronEndo) up to a #50 file, according to the Free Tip Preparation Technique. During instrumentation, the root canals were alternately irrigated with 1% sodium hypochlorite and 17% EDTA. Six artificial lateral canals were prepared at the apical third of each tooth. Then, the teeth were assigned to two groups (n=10): Group 1 - filled with TP medium master gutta-percha points (Dentsply, Mailleffer); Group 2 - filled with standardized master gutta-percha points (Dentsply, Mailleffer). Root canal filling was complemented with AH Plus sealer (Dentsply, Mailleffer) and accessory gutta-percha points (Dentsply, Mailleffer), according to the classic technique. The teeth were radiographed and the images obtained were digitized. Linear measurements of the percentage of filling of the artificial lateral canals in each group were accomplished on the Image Tool 2.02 software. Statistical analysis of the data using Mann-Whitney U non-parametric test evidenced significant difference (p<0.01) between the experimental groups. The group obturated with TP medium points yielded higher percentage of filling of the lateral canals. It may be concluded that the use of master gutta-percha points with larger taper resulted in better filling of the simulated lateral canals, as compared to the use of standardized master gutta-percha points.

Uniterms: Lateral canals; Gutta-percha; Root canal filling.


RESUMO

O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar in vitro o percentual de preenchimento de canais laterais artificiais em dentes obturados com cones de guta-percha TP medium e estandardizados. Vinte caninos inferiores humanos foram preparados com os instrumentos LA Axxess (SybronEndo) e o sistema rotatório K3 Endo (SybronEndo) até a lima #50, de acordo com a técnica Free Tip Preparation. Durante a instrumentação, os canais radiculares foram alternadamente irrigados com solução de hipoclorito de sódio a 1% e EDTA a 17%. Seis canais laterais artificiais foram confeccionados no terço apical de cada dente. Os dentes foram então divididos em dois grupos (n=10): Grupo 1 - obturados com cones de guta-percha principais TP médium (Dentsply, Mailleffer), Grupo 2 - obturados com cones de guta-percha principais estandardizados (Dentsply, Mailleffer). A obturação do canal radicular foi complementada com o cimento obturador AH Plus (Dentsply, Mailleffer) e cones de guta-percha acessórios (Dentsply, Mailleffer), de acordo com a técnica clássica. Os dentes foram radiografados e as imagens digitalizadas. Realizou-se a mensuração do percentual de obturação dos canais laterais em cada grupo por meio do software Image Tool 2.02. A análise estatística dos dados por meio do teste não paramétrico Mann-Whitney U evidenciou diferença significante (p<0.01) entre os grupos experimentais. O grupo obturado com cones TP medium promoveu maior percentual de preenchimento dos canais laterais. Pode-se concluir que a utilização de cones de guta-percha principais com maior conicidade resultou obturação mais efetiva dos canais laterais artificiais, quando comparada ao emprego de cones de guta-percha estandardizados.

Unitermos: Canais laterais; Guta-percha; Obturação do canal radicular.


 

 

INTRODUCTION

The three-dimensional obturation of the root canals is the final step of an intricate therapeutic chain of procedures that comprises cleansing, disinfection and shaping of the canals9. Nevertheless, despite the indisputable advancements of Endodontics, completely sealing the canals after biomechanical preparation remains a critical phase of the endodontic treatment.

The difficulty in adequately obturating the root canal system is ascribed to its anatomical complexity and peculiar morphological configuration, which includes multiple foraminas, apical deltas, accessory and lateral root canals2,5,13. Since these components may constitute a pathway for passage of bacteria and products of tissue degradation between the root canal space and the surrounding extradental periodontal environment3, the hermetic filling of the entire canal system consists of an essential approach to yield the healing of periapical tissues. Therefore, the overall success of an endodontic treatment is closely related to the filling materials and techniques utilized4,8,16.

Unlike the conventional hand files, rotary endodontic instruments are available with several tapers. Based on the conicity of rotary instruments, gutta-percha points of different tapers were also developedm1 and the effectiveness of these points as regards the three-dimensional obturation of root canals has yet to be thoroughly investigated. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess, in vitro, the percentage of filling of simulated lateral canals in teeth obturated with TP medium and standardized master gutta-percha points.

 

MATERIAL AND METHODS

For this study, twenty human mandibular canines were selected and stored in a 0.1% thymol solution at 9ºC. Before onset of the laboratorial procedures , the teeth were washed in running tap water for 48 hours to eliminate any possible remnants of thymol.

The crowns were sectioned at the cementoenamel junction. Then, the teeth were instrumented using LA Axxess 35/06 burs (SybronEndo, Glendora, CA, USA) for preparation of the cervical and middle thirds of the root canal, and K3 rotary system (SybronEndo, Glendora, CA, USA) in the following sequence: 25/04; 30/04; 25/06; 35/04; 30/06; 40/02; 35/06; 45/02 and 50/02. The instrumentation was performed at 1mm short of the working length, according to the Free Tip Preparation technique (Pécora, et al., 2002)11. The canals were alternately irrigated with 3mL of 1% sodium hypochlorite solution and 2mL of 17% EDTA solution at each change of instrument.

The lateral canals were prepared according to the technique proposed by Pécora, et al.11 (2002), with modifications. A #10 K-file (Dentsply, Mailleffer, De Trey GmbH, Konstanz, Germany) had half of its active point removed and the remaining part of the file was ground with a diamond bur up to a diameter of 150mm throughout its extension, as measured by a digital caliper (Tesa – Switzerland, Suíça). The ground file was adapted to a low-speed handpiece and utilized as a bur. Six artificial lateral canals were prepared at the apical third of each root, being three of them located at the mesial surface and three at the distal surface. The distance between the canals was 2mm, starting from the apical foramen, as schematically illustrated in Figure 1.

 

 

The main root canal was then filled with 17% EDTA solution for 5 minutes and a final irrigation was performed with 3mL of 1% sodium hypochlorite solution. Thereafter, the teeth were immersed in 1% sodium hypochlorite solution and submitted to vacuum for 5 minutes to assure patency of the lateral canals. Next, the teeth were washed in running tap water and their external surface was dried with absorbent paper. Final irrigation was performed with 2mL of distilled water, which revealed complete patency of the lateral canals.

The teeth were randomly assigned to two groups of 10 specimens each. The specimens in Group 1 were obturated with TP medium master gutta-percha points (Dentsply, Mailleffer, De Trey GmbH, Konstanz, Germany), which were previously calibrated in a calibrating ruler (Dentsply, Mailleffer, De Trey GmbH, Konstanz, Germany) to obtain a diameter corresponding to that of a size #50 gutta-percha point. The specimens in Group 2 were obturated with size #50 standardized master gutta-percha points (Dentsply, Mailleffer, De Trey GmbH, Konstanz, Germany). In both groups, the root canals were filled with AH Plus cement (Dentsply, Mailleffer, De Trey GmbH, Konstanz, Germany) using the classic technique. First, the sealer was handled and manipulated following the manufacturer's instructions and inserted into the canal with a K-file. Then the master gutta-percha cone was coated with the sealer throughout its extension, including the apical portion, and inserted in a single movement. Canal filling was complemented with the insertion of accessory gutta-percha points (Dentsply, Mailleffer, De Trey GmbH, Konstanz, Germany), using the active lateral condensation technique.

Afterwards, rectangular lead blades with the approximate length of the root and 1.5mm of width were positioned along the root at both mesial and distal sides and fixed on the external opening of the lateral canals. This approach aimed to accurately delimitate the length of the simulated lateral canals and therefore assure that the full extension of filling of the artificial canals would be precisely determined radiographically. The teeth were then radiographed at 70Kvp and 10mA (Dabi-Atlante, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brasil), with a focus-film distance of 16cm. The radiographs (Kodak-São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brasil) were processed according to a standardized protocol and the images obtained were digitized in a scanner (Genius Color Page - HR6, KYE, Systems Corporation, Brasil).

Based on the digitized images, the total length of each of the six simulated lateral canals in each tooth of both groups was measured. Likewise, the linear extension of the obturation in each canal was determined. These measurements were obtained using Image Tool UTHSCSA Image Tool Version 2.02 software. From the measurements recorded, the percentage of filling material present in the artificial lateral canals was calculated. Data were submitted to statistical analysis using Mann-Whitney U non-parametric test.

 

RESULTS

The Mann-Whitney U non-parametric test evidenced that, as regards the filling of the simulated lateral canals, the group obturated with TP medium gutta-percha points ('x 96.17 ± 13.50) yielded better results than the group filled with standardized points ('x 70.07 ± 37.13). This difference was statistically significant at the 0.01 level.

 

DISCUSSION

The success of endodontic therapy after obturation of the lateral canals has been investigated using different filling materials and techniques proposed to obtain a more accurate filling of such canals1,2,14.

Experimental models that allow assessing the filling of root canals according to a standardized and controlled protocol are not always viable to be conducted in vivo. Therefore, in an attempt to overcome the shortcomings of in vivo studies, Reader, et al.13 (1993) and Dulac, et al.2 (1999) have suggested to compare the ability of different obturation techniques for filling of lateral canals by using root canals artificially prepared in acrylic blocks. Nevertheless, the major limitation of this methodology consists in stating a reliable comparison between resin and dentin. The current study was conducted on, human teeth with simulated lateral canals, as proposed by Goldberg, et al.5 (2002) and Pécora, et al.12 (2002), aiming at developing an experimental model as close as possible to the ideal clinical conditions7.

The diameter of the lateral canals artificially prepared in this study corresponded to 150mm, which is in agreement with the diameter of lateral canals reported in former studies12,15. Nevertheless, the methodology proposed by Pécora, et al. 12 (2002) for preparation of artificial lateral canals was modified in this study. To simulate lateral root canals of similar diameter throughout their extension, the active point of the K-file used for preparation of the canals was trimmed until a diameter of 150mm was obtained throughout its extension.

For both experimental groups, the cold lateral condensation technique of gutta-percha was used, which is the obturation technique most employed in Endodontics4,10,16.

In the current work, it was possible to evidence that the taper of the gutta-percha points utilized influenced the filling of the lateral canals. The group obturated with TP medium master gutta-percha points yielded better results than the group obturated with standardized master gutta-percha points. This fact may possibly be attributed to the larger taper of the TP medium points, which, when introduced into the root canal, act similarly to a syringe piston, pushing the sealer into the lateral canals.

The standardized gutta-percha points have a 0.2 taper. It has been demonstrated that the obturation of root canals prepared with Ni-Ti instruments (0.2; 0.4; 0.6 taper) using standardized gutta-percha points with the lateral condensation technique, required the use of a higher number of accessory gutta-percha points to provide an adequate sealing between the main gutta-percha point and the root canal walls6. Accordingly, the outcomes of the present study showed that root canal filling with TP medium gutta-percha points demanded a lower number of accessory points and provided a more accurate obturation, as compared to the use of standardized points.

It is important to highlight that this study utilized teeth with straight roots and single canals, whereas most posterior teeth have a more complex anatomic configuration with a number of isthmus, curvatures and foraminas. Even so, we expect that the findings of this study may widen the scopes on the filling of lateral canals and prompt the development of further researches that investigate whether, in multi-rooted teeth, gutta-percha points with larger tapers would also provide better sealing of lateral canals than standardized points.

 

CONCLUSION

Based on the methodology employed and results obtained, it may be concluded that the use of master gutta-percha points with larger taper resulted in better filling of the simulated lateral canals, as compared to the use of standardized master gutta-percha points.

 

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Correspondence to
Prof. Dr. Jesus Djalma Pécora
Faculdade de Odontologia de Ribeirão Preto-USP - Departamento de Odontologia Restauradora
Av do Café s/nº Monte Alegre
14040-904 - Ribeirão Preto - SP
Phone: +55 16 602-3982 - Fax: +55 16 633-0999
E-mail: pecora@forp.usp.br

Received: September 08, 2004 - Accepted: November 11, 2004

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