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      Physicochemical Properties of Epoxy Resin-Based and Bioceramic-Based Root Canal Sealers


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          Three bioceramic sealers (EndoSequence BC sealer, EndoSeal MTA, and MTA Fillapex) and three epoxy resin-based sealers (AH-Plus, AD Seal, and Radic-Sealer) were tested to evaluate the physicochemical properties: flow, final setting time, radiopacity, dimensional stability, and pH change. The one-way ANOVA and Tukey's post hoc test were used to analyze the data ( P = 0.05). The MTA Fillapex sealer had a highest flow and the BC Sealer presented a flow significantly lower than the others ( P < 0.05). The BC Sealer and MTA Fillapex samples were not set in humid incubator condition even after one month. EndoSeal MTA had the longest setting time among the measurable materials and Radic-Sealer and AD Seal showed shorter setting time than the AH-Plus ( P < 0.05). AH-Plus and EndoSeal MTA showed statistically higher values and MTA Fillapex showed statistically lower radiopacity ( P < 0.05). BC Sealer showed the highest alkaline pH in all evaluation periods. Set samples of 3 epoxy resin-based sealers and EndoSeal MTA presented a significant increase of pH over experimental time for 4 weeks. In conclusion, the bioceramic sealer and epoxy resin-based sealers showed clinical acceptable physicochemical properties, but BC Sealer and MTA Fillapex were not set completely.

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              The aim of the present study was to evaluate the physicochemical properties of a bioceramic root canal sealer, Endosequence BC Sealer. Radiopacity, pH, release of calcium ions (Ca(2+)), and flow were analyzed, and the results were compared with AH Plus cement.

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                Bioinorg Chem Appl
                Bioinorg Chem Appl
                Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications
                Hindawi Publishing Corporation
                22 January 2017
                : 2017
                1Department of Conservative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University, Dental Research Institute, Yangsan, Republic of Korea
                2Department of Conservative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea
                3Department of Conservative Dentistry, Seoul National University School of Dentistry, Seoul, Republic of Korea
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                Academic Editor: Jong R. Kim

                Copyright © 2017 Ju Kyung Lee et al.

                This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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