Comparison of generated forces and apical microleakage using nickel-titanium and stainless steel finger spreaders in curved canals

Saman R. Gharai, Jeffrey R. Thorpe, James M. Strother, Scott B. McClanahan

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare (a) forces generated during lateral compaction and (b) apical microleakage for nickel-titanium (NiTi) and stainless steel (SS) finger spreaders. Twenty-eight extracted human teeth were instrumented using a standardized rotary instrumentation technique. NiTi and SS #30 spreaders were used to obturate molar roots while the forces generated during obturation were measured on a Universal testing machine. Apical microleakage was determined using a fluid filtration method. There was no significant difference in microleakage between spreaders. NiTi spreaders produced significantly less force than SS spreaders in all specimens (p < 0.001).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-200
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Endodontics
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2005

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