Intraorifice sealing of gutta-percha obturated root canals to prevent coronal microleakage

Donna M. Pisano, Peter M. DiFiore, Scott B. McClanahan, Eugene P. Lautenschlager, James L. Duncan

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A study was conducted to evaluate Cavit, Intermediate Restorative Material, and Super-EBA as intraorifice filling materials to prevent coronal microleakage. Root canal instrumentation and obturation was done on 74 extracted single-rooted teeth. Three and one-half millimeters of the guttapercha was removed from the coronal aspect of the root canal and replaced with one of the three filling materials. The teeth were suspended in scintillation vials containing trypticase soy broth, and human saliva was added to the pulp chambers. Microbial penetration was detected as an increase in turbidity of the broth corresponding to bacterial growth. At the end of 90 days, the results showed that 15% of the Cavit-filled orifices leaked, whereas 35% of the Intermediate Restorative Material and Super-EBA-filled orifices leaked. The gutta-percha obturated root canals that received an intraorifice filling material leaked significantly less than the obturated, unsealed control group - all of which leaked in <49 days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)659-662
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Endodontics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998


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