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Evaluation of Apically Extruded Debris during Root Canal Retreatment Using ProTaper Next and Reciproc in Severely Curved Canals

Giselle Nevares, Kaline Romeiro, Diana Albuquerque, Felipe Xavier, Howard Fogel, Laila Freire, Rodrigo Cunha




Introduction: To compare the apical extrusion of debris produced during root obturating material removal from severely curved root canals using either Reciproc (REC) or ProTaper Next (PTN) systems. Methods and Materials: Twenty-six mesial canals of lower molars were instrumented, filled and allocated into two groups (n=13). Micro-computed tomographic images were performed to determine the root canal configuration (Vertucci’s type IV) and initial volume of obturation. One Eppendorf tube was assigned per canal and weighed (10-4g) before and after removal of the obturating material. The difference between the initial and final weights was calculated and statistically evaluated. Results: Apical extrusion of debris was confirmed in all samples, and the mean amount of apical extrusion was similar between both groups (0.061±0.014 g in PTN vs. 0.065±0.016 g in REC samples) (P<0.05). Conclusion: Both systems caused apical extrusion of debris with no differences between PTN and REC systems.

Keywords: Gutta-Percha; Root Canal Filling Materials; Root Canal Retreatment


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22037/iej.v12i3.15850


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