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      Microscopic assessment of the sealing ability of three endodontic filling techniques

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          Several techniques have been proposed for root canal filling. New rotary files, with non-standardized taper, are appearing, so, points adapted to the taper of the last instrument used to prepare the canal can help in the obturation process. The aim of this study is to assess the sealing ability of different root canal filling techniques.

          Material and Methods

          Root canals from 30 teeth were shaped with Mtwo and divided in three groups; A, standard lateral condensation with size 35 and 20 gutta-percha points; B, standard lateral condensation and injected gutta-percha; C, single gutta-percha point (standardized 35 Mtwo), continuous wave technique and injected gutta-percha. Root surfaces were covered with nail varnish, except for the apical 2 mm, and submerged in a NO3Ag2 solution; apical stain penetration was measured in mm. Data were compared using the Kruskal-Wallis test with a 90% confidence interval.


          A and B groups showed stain leakage in the 90% of the cases, whereas it was of 80% for group C. Stain leakage intervals were 1-5 mm for groups A and B and 1-3 mm for group C. There were no statistically significant differences between the three studied groups ( p>.05).


          All the analyzed root canal filling techniques showed some apical stain leakage, without significant differences among them.

          Key words:Gutta-percha filling, microleakage, single cone, injected gutta-percha, warm gutta-percha.

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          Microbiological status of root-filled teeth with apical periodontitis.

          The present study examined the microbiological status of 100 root-filled teeth with radiographically verified apical periodontitis--the pathology (P) group--and of 20 teeth without signs of periapical pathosis--the technical (T) group. In the P group 117 strains of bacteria were recovered in 68 teeth. In most of the cases examined one or two strains were found. Facultative anaerobic species predominated among these isolates (69% of identified strains). Growth was classified as 'sparse' or 'very sparse' in 53%, and as 'heavy' or 'very heavy' in 42%. Enterococci were the most frequently isolated genera, showing 'heavy' or 'very heavy' growth in 25 out of 32 cases (78%). In 11 teeth of the T group no bacteria were recovered, whilst the remaining nine yielded 13 microbial strains. Eight of these grew 'very sparsely'. It is concluded that the microflora of the obturated canal differs from that found normally in the untreated necrotic dental pulp, quantitatively as well as qualitatively. Nonsurgical retreatment strategies should be reconsidered.
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            Radiographic evaluation of the prevalence and technical quality of root canal treatment in a French subpopulation.

            This study was undertaken to examine the prevalence and technical quality of root fillings and the periapical status of endodontically treated teeth in a French subpopulation. Full-mouth periapical radiographs were obtained from 208 consecutive adult patients seeking care within the dental service provided by the Hôtel-Dieu in Paris. The occurrence and technical quality of root fillings were assessed for each root according to the position and the density of the obturation. The periapical status was evaluated using the Periapical Index Scoring System. The type of coronal restoration and the presence of posts were also noted. Of the 8743 roots included in the survey, 23% were root-filled. An acceptable standard of treatment was found in 21% of roots with 16% of these cases associated with signs of periapical disease. In roots with unacceptable root-fillings, 27% had periapical pathology. A post was seen in 26% of the root-filled canals, with 29% of these cases associated with periapical pathology. An intracoronal restoration existed in 30% of the filled roots, of which 22% exhibited a periapical lesion. An extra-coronal restoration was present in 60% of the filled roots, of which 24% had radiographic signs of periapical pathology. The remaining 10% of filled roots that had no coronal restoration were associated with periapical pathology in 33% of cases. At least one periapical lesion was seen in 63% of the patients. The results demonstrate a high prevalence of root-filled teeth and poor technical quality of treatment. Roots presenting with acceptable root fillings were associated with a lower prevalence of periapical pathology (P < 0.001). Posts in roots were associated with periapical pathology significantly more than in roots without posts (P < 0.001).
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              Outcome of root canal obturation by warm gutta-percha versus cold lateral condensation: a meta-analysis.

              The purpose of this study was to evaluate clinical outcome differences of root canal obturation by warm gutta-percha (GP) or cold lateral condensation (CLC) through a systematic review and meta-analysis. There were 10 clinical studies evaluated. Postoperative pain, long-term outcomes, obturation quality, and overextension were the characteristics investigated. The results suggest that the two obturation techniques are not significantly different except in overextention. The relative risk (RR) value of warm GP versus CLC and 95% confidence interval (CI) of the first three criteria were 1.10 (0.71, 1.71), 0.78 (0.58, 1.05), and 1.31 (0.98, 1.76), respectively. Overextension was more likely to occur in the warm GP obturation group in comparison with the CLC group. The RR value and 95% CI were 1.98 (1.33, 2.93). In conclusion, warm GP obturation demonstrated a higher rate of overextension than CLC. Postoperative pain prevalence, long-term outcomes, and obturation quality were similar between the two groups.

                Author and article information

                J Clin Exp Dent
                J Clin Exp Dent
                Medicina Oral S.L.
                Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
                Medicina Oral S.L.
                1 February 2016
                February 2016
                : 8
                : 1
                : e27-e31
                [1 ]Associate Professor. Department of Stomatology, Universitat de València, Spain
                [2 ]Professor. Department of Stomatology, Universitat de València, Spain
                Author notes
                Clínica Odontológica. Universitat de València C/ Gascó Oliag, 1. 46010 Valencia, Spain , E-mail: leopoldo.forner@ 123456uv.es

                Conflict of interest statement:Authors do not have any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence our work.

                Copyright: © 2016 Medicina Oral S.L.

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

                Operative Dentistry and Endodontics


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