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   2012| October-December  | Volume 15 | Issue 4  
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Platelet Rich Fibrin in the revitalization of tooth with necrotic pulp and open apex
Vasundara Yayathi Shivashankar, Dexton Antony Johns, S Vidyanath, M Ramesh Kumar
October-December 2012, 15(4):395-398
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101926  PMID:23112492
Regeneration of pulp-dentin complex in an infected necrotic tooth with an open apex is possible if the canal is effectively disinfected. The purpose of this case report is to add a regenerative endodontic case to the existing literature about using Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF). A nine year old boy who accidently broke his immature maxillary central incisor tooth, developed pulpal necrosis with apical periodontitis. After the access cavity preparation, the canal was effectively irrigated with 20 ml of 5.25% sodium hypochlorite solution and 10ml of 0.2% chlorhexidine solution and dried with paper points. Triple antibiotic paste was placed inside the canal and left for 21 days. 12 ml of whole blood was drawn from the patient's right antecubital vein and centrifuged for 10 minutes to obtain the Choukroun's PRF. After the removal of the triple antibiotic paste, the PRF was placed into the canal till the level of cementoenamel junction and 3mm of grey MTA was placed directly over the PRF clot. The setting of MTA was confirmed 3 days later and the tooth was double sealed with GIC and Composite restoration.After 1 year the clinical examination revealed negative responses to percussion and palpation tests. The tooth responded positively to cold and electric pulp tests. Radiographic examination revealed continued thickening of the dentinal walls, root lengthening, regression of the periapical lesion and apical closure. On the basis of the results obtained in our case report we conclude that revitalization of necrotic infected immature tooth is possible under conditions of total canal disinfection and PRF is an ideal biomaterial for pulp-dentin complex regeneration.
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The efficacy of pre-operative oral medication of paracetamol, ibuprofen, and aceclofenac on the success of maxillary infiltration anesthesia in patients with irreversible pulpitis: A double-blind, randomized controlled clinical trial
Anupama Ramachandran, Sulthan Ibrahim Raja Khan, Deepalakshmi Mohanavelu, Kumarappan Senthil kumar
October-December 2012, 15(4):310-314
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101881  PMID:23112474
Aim: To determine the effect of preoperative administration of paracetamol (PARA), ibuprofen (IBUP), or aceclofenac (ACEC) on the success of maxillary infiltration anesthesia in patients with irreversible pulpitis in a double-blinded randomized controlled trial. Materials and Methods: One hundred and twenty patients with irreversible pulpitis of a maxillary first molar participated. Patients indicated their pain scores on a Heft Parker visual analog scale, after which they were randomly divided into four groups (n = 30). The subjects received identical capsules containing 1000 mg PARA, 800 mg IBUP, 100 mg ACEC or cellulose powder (placebo, PLAC), 1 h before administration of maxillary infiltration anesthesia with 2% lidocaine containing 1:200,000 epinephrine. Access cavities were then prepared and success of anesthesia was defined as the absence of pain during access preparation and root canal instrumentation. The data were analyzed using chi-squared tests. Results: The success rates in descending order were 93.3% (IBUP), 90% (ACEC), 73.3% (PARA), and 26.5 % (PLAC). A significant (P < 0.001) difference was found between the drug groups and the PLAC group. Conclusions: Pre-operative administration of PARA, IBUP, and ACEC significantly improved the efficacy of maxillary infiltration anesthesia in patients with irreversible pulpitis.
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SealBio: A novel, non-obturation endodontic treatment based on concept of regeneration
Naseem Shah, Ajay Logani
October-December 2012, 15(4):328-332
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101889  PMID:23112478
Introduction: "SealBio", an innovative, non-surgical endodontic treatment protocol, based on "regenerative concept" has been developed to manage pulp and periapically involved teeth. Materials and Methods: Subsequent to Institute's ethical clearance, 18 patients presenting with signs and symptoms of pulp and periapical disease were included in the study. (11/M, 7/F; Mean age - 44.7 years; range 15-76 years). The protocol included a modified cleaning and shaping technique involving apical clearing and foramen widening, combined with inducing bleeding and clot formation in the apical region. Calcium-sulphate based cement was condensed with hand pluggers into the canal orifices. An appropriate permanent restoration was given. The patients were followed-up clinically and radiographically at regular interval of 6 months. Six teeth in 3 patients were also evaluated pre and post treatment CBCT at 6-months. Results: The novel treatment protocol was found to be favourable in resolving periapical infection, both clinically and radiographically. Conclusions: This innovative endodontic treatment protocol highlights and reiterates the importance of cleaning and shaping and puts forth the possible role of stem cells and growth factors in healing after non-surgical endodontic therapy.
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Effectiveness of a new canal brushing technique in removing calcium hydroxide from the root canal system: A scanning electron microscope study
Melahat Gorduysus, Zeliha Yilmaz, Omer Gorduysus, Burcu Atila, Senem Oransal Karapinar
October-December 2012, 15(4):367-371
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101909  PMID:23112486
Aim: To evaluate the effectiveness of Canal Brush technique removal Ca(OH) 2 from the root canal system using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Materials and Methods: Eighteen teeth were instrumented up to #40 and dressed with Ca(OH) 2 . Ca(OH) 2 was removed with master apical file (MAF) (Group 1, n:6) and CanalBrush technique (Group 2, n:6). Six teeth served as positive and negative controls. The roots were splited in the buccolingual direction and prepared for SEM examination. Two examiners evaluated the wall cleanliness then statistical analysis was performed by Mann-Whitney U and Friedman tests. Results: Differences in cleanliness were observed between Group 1 and Group 2 in the apical thirds (P=0.002). In the coronal and middle thirds, there were no differences between the two groups. Conclusions: It is essential to re-instrument the root canal walls using instrumentation techniques while irrigating with NaOCl and EDTA combination. The Canal Brush technique results in the packing effect of the Ca(OH) 2 through to the apex.
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J Conserv Dent: BI-MONTHLY from 2013
Velayutham Gopikrishna
October-December 2012, 15(4):309-309
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101880  PMID:23112473
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The effect of surface treatments and bonding regimens on microtensile bond strengths of repaired composite: An in vitro study
Gouri Smita Acharya, MK Manjunath
October-December 2012, 15(4):383-387
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101919  PMID:23112489
Aim: To assess the microtensile bond strength of repaired composite resin that was surface treated by diamond point or silicon carbide followed by bonding using either only total- etch bonding regimen or silane coupling agent with adhesive resin. Materials and Methods: Fourteen composite blocks were aged under deionized water for 14 days. The bonding surface was prepared with coarse diamond point or silicon carbide. Two blocks with no surface treatment were used as control groups. The bonding regimen was either total-etch bonding regimen or silane coupling agent and bonding agent. The aged samples were then bonded to new composite. Five sections per block (each 1mm thick) were prepared; cut to obtain an adhesive zone of approximately 1mm 2 and subjected to microtensile bond strength testing. Results: The highest bond strength was obtained by surface treatment by coarse diamond point and total etch bonding regimen and least by silicon carbide and silane. A statistically significant difference was seen in all the four groups. Conclusions: Surface treatment by a coarse diamond point and total-etch bonding regimen provides highest bond strength. Thus, a simpler treatment regimen can contribute to a better bond strength in repaired composites.
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Dentinal hypersensitivity: A comparative clinical evaluation of CPP-ACP F, sodium fluoride, propolis, and placebo
Souparna Madhavan, Moksha Nayak, Amarnath Shenoy, Rajesh Shetty, Krishna Prasad
October-December 2012, 15(4):315-318
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101882  PMID:23112475
Background: Dentine hypersensitivity is a transient condition that often resolves with the natural sclerotic obturation of dentinal tubules. A potent topically applied in-office desensitizing treatment is indicated as the choice of treatment when dentine hypersensitivity is localized to one or two teeth. Aim: The present study aimed to evaluate and compare the clinical efficiency of CPP-ACP F, sodium fluoride, propolis, and distilled water that was used as placebo in treating dentinal hypersensitivity. Materials and Methods: 120 patients aged 20-40 years reporting with dentinal hypersensitivity in relation to canine, premolar and molars with erosion, abrasion, and gingival recession were randomly assigned to four groups of 30 patients each. Response to air jet and tactile stimuli were measured using visual analogue scale initially on 1st, 7th, 15th, 28th, 60 th , and final assessment was done on the 90th day. Statistical Analysis: A statistical analysis was done using Anova test (Fischer's test) and Tukey HSD test for multicomparison. Results: The teeth treated with the test group showed decrease in the mean hypersensitivity values compared to control group, over a period of three months. The results showed propolis to be most efficient in treating dentinal hypersensitivity and CPP- ACPF showed to be the least efficient. Conclusion: All test groups were effective in reducing dentinal hypersensitivity, although they differed in rapidity of action over the period of 3 months. Further studies can be done using advanced materials and techniques. Multiple therapeutic modalities have been developed to treat dentinal hypersensitivity including products that impede nerve conduction of pain stimulus, products that mechanically occlude dentinal tubules, and calcium containing products designed to create plugs in the tubules utilizing a demineralization mechanism.
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Surgical intervention for treating an extensive internal resorption with unfavorable crown-to-root ratio
Rezvan Ashouri, Ali R Rekabi, Masoud Parirokh
October-December 2012, 15(4):388-391
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101922  PMID:23112490
Internal resorption is a rare lesion in permanent teeth. Managing perforating internal resorption is a great challenge for dentists. This report presents a successful surgical treatment of a maxillary central incisor that had extensive root perforation due to internal resorption. After unsuccessful nonsurgical approach, during surgical intervention apical part of the resorption defect was removed and the coronal part was filled with mineral trioxide aggregate. Three years later the tooth was symptom free with normal mobility and pocket depth despite unfavorable crown-to-root ratio. This case report have shown that surgical intervention and using mineral trioxide aggregate as root canal filling material in a tooth with extensive internal resorption and unfavorable crown-to-root ratio can be considered as a treatment option.
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To determine whether the first file to bind at the working length corresponds to the apical diameter in roots with apical curvatures both before and after preflaring
Jaidev Singh Dillon, Amita , Bobbin Gill
October-December 2012, 15(4):363-366
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101908  PMID:23112485
Aim: To evaluate the discrepancies between the diameter of the canal and the first file to bind at the working length, before and after preflaring in teeth with apical curvatures. Materials and Methods: Twenty teeth with apical curvatures were selected for the study. Following access, the patency file was fixed at the working length, and the apices were ground perpendicular to the canal at this level. Diameters of canal and the first file to bind at the working length were observed for each tooth, both before and after preflaring, under stereomicroscope at 30X magnification. Results: ANOVA and post hoc Bonferroni tests showed significant differences in both groups regarding anatomical diameter at working length and the first file to bind. The area of contact of the file at apical region remained the same in both groups. Conclusion: Using the first file to bind for gauging the diameter of the apical canal was found to be an unreliable method in teeth with apical curvatures, even after preflaring.
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Molecular identification of an Enterococcus faecalis endocarditis antigen efaA in root canals of therapy-resistant endodontic infections
Thomas Preethee, Deivanayagam Kandaswamy, Rosaline Hannah
October-December 2012, 15(4):319-322
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101886  PMID:23112476
Introduction: Enterococcus faecalis has long been implicated in persistent root canal infections and therapy-resistant endodontic infections. It has also been associated with bacteremia, that is, infective endocarditis arising from certain invasive dental procedures. E. faecalis endocarditis antigen (efaA) has been identified as one of the principal virulence factors associated with infective endocarditis. Aim: To detect the presence of putative E. faecalis virulence factor, efaA in root canals of therapy-resistant endodontic infections using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification. Materials and Methods: Samples were obtained from 32 patients (20-70 years) undergoing endodontic retreatment, which were incubated in prereduced thioglycollate broth and subcultured onto ethyl violet azide broth (EVA; selective medium for E. faecalis). Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) was extracted from the samples and analyzed for the endocarditis virulence factor efaA using PCR. Results: Among the positive E. faecalis samples, efaA gene was identified in 11 out of 15 samples. Conclusion: Our findings indicate that efaA, a potent E. faecalis virulence gene can be found in E. faecalis strains detected in root canals of therapy-resistant endodontic infections similar to reports for 'medical' strains.
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Incidence of post-operative pain after single visit and multiple visit root canal treatment: A randomized controlled trial
Smita Singh, Aniket Garg
October-December 2012, 15(4):323-327
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101888  PMID:23112477
Aim: To compare the incidence and intensity of post-obturation pain after single or multi visit root canal treatment on single rooted teeth in a randomized controlled trial. Materials and Methods: Two hundred patients requiring root canal treatment on permanent single rooted teeth (both vital and non vital) were included. The patients were assigned randomly into two groups of 100 patients each. The teeth in Group1 (n = 100) were obturated at the first visit, whilst those in Group 2 (n = 100) were obturated in a second visit 7 days later. A modified Heft Parker visual analog scale was used to measure pre-operative pain and post-obturation pain at 6, 12, 24 and 48 hours after obturation. Independent-sample T-tests was used for statistical analysis. Results: Twelve patients were excluded from the study as they failed to follow the scheduled revisit. Data were obtained from the remaining 188 patients. There was no statistically significant difference in the incidence and intensity of post-obturation pain experienced by two groups. Conclusions: The incidence and intensity of post-obturation pain experience following one- or two-visit root canal treatment on teeth with a single canal were not significantly different.
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Counteraction of reactive oxygen species and determination of antibacterial efficacy of proanthocyanidin and lycopene when mixed with calcium hydroxide and chlorhexidine mixture: An in vitro comparative study
TA Mageshwaran, AV Rajesh Ebenezar, M Madhanamadhubala, S Kavitha, S Mahalaxmi
October-December 2012, 15(4):337-341
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101893  PMID:23112480
Aim: The objective of the study was to determine the neutralizing effect of proanthocyanidin (grape seed extract) and lycopene (tomato extract) on reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated by the mixture when used as an intracanal medicament. The study also evaluated the effect of proanthocyanidin and lycopene on the antibacterial efficacy of a mixture of chlorhexidine (CHX) and calcium hydroxide [Ca(OH) 2 ] against Enterococcus feacalis. Materials and Methods: Four sample groups were prepared as follows. Group I: 2% CHX gluconate (control group) and group II: a mixture of 125 mg of Ca(OH) 2 with 2% CHX gluconate solution. Group III was a mixture of 125 mg of Ca(OH) 2 with 1 mL of 2% CHX gluconate solution and 1 mL of 5% proanthocyanidin solution and group IV, a mixture of 125 mg of Ca(OH) 2 with 1 mL of 2% CHX gluconate solution and 1 mL of 5% lycopene solution. The groups were analyzed for ROS formation using the mass spectrometer (JEOL GC MATE II) immediately after preparation. The antibacterial property was evaluated by using agar diffusion method and the results were statistically analyzed using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Tukey-Kramer multiple comparison tests. Results: The peak value of 196.96 denotes ROS formation. Group II shows a higher peak value than other groups. Group IV shows a drastic reduction in the peak value. Group IV shows a drastic reduction in ROS formation when compared with group II, group III, and the control group. Antibacterial efficacy was higher in group IV, followed by group III, group II, and group I. Conclusion: Lycopene and proanthocyanidin reduce the ROS significantly by virtue of their antioxidant property. Lycopene shows more antioxidant property when compared with proanthocyanidin.
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Clinical Operative Dentistry - Principles and Practice" 2 nd edition
S Jagadish
October-December 2012, 15(4):404-404
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Root canal treatment of a mandibular second premolar with atypical canal pattern
Nitin Kararia, Vandana Kararia
October-December 2012, 15(4):392-394
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101925  PMID:23112491
To present a unique case of mandibular second premolar with an atypical canal pattern. Thorough knowledge of root canal morphology, appropriate assessment of the pulp chamber floor, and critical interpretation of radiographs are a prerequisite for successful root canal treatment. Mandibular premolars frequently exhibit variable and complex root canal morphology and are one of the most difficult cases to treat endodontically. These teeth may require skillful and special root canal preparation and obturation techniques. This article reports an unusual case of a mandibular second premolar with atypical canal pattern that was successfully treated endodontically.
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13 th IACDE & IES Post Graduate Convention
Jaidev Singh Dhillon
October-December 2012, 15(4):402-402
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1st National Convention on Endodontic and Conservative Dentistry Clinical Research
A Subbiya
October-December 2012, 15(4):402-403
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Electronic apex locators in the presence of various irrigants
Beuy Joob, Viroj Wiwanitkit
October-December 2012, 15(4):399-399
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101929  PMID:23112493
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A clinical trial of cold lateral compaction with Obtura II technique in root canal obturation
Tanikonda Rambabu, Nalluru Sasidhar
October-December 2012, 15(4):399-400
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101931  PMID:23112494
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Analyzing association and repeated measures data
Prashanthi S Madhaystha, N Srikant
October-December 2012, 15(4):400-401
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101933  PMID:23112495
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The reinforcement effect of polyethylene fibre and composite impregnated glass fibre on fracture resistance of endodontically treated teeth: An in vitro study
Archana Luthria, A Srirekha, Jayshree Hegde, Rupali Karale, Sanjana Tyagi, Sajeev Bhaskaran
October-December 2012, 15(4):372-376
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101914  PMID:23112487
Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the fracture resistance of endodontically treated maxillary premolars with wide mesio-occluso-distal (MOD) cavities restored with either composite resin, or composite resin reinforced with different types of fibres. Materials and Methods: Fifty human maxillary premolars were selected. Five intact teeth served as positive controls. Endodontic therapy was carried out in the remaining forty-five teeth. Standardized MOD cavities were prepared in all the teeth. The teeth were restored with a nanocomposite using an incremental technique. These forty five teeth were randomly divided into three experimental groups (Group A, B and C) (n = 15). The teeth in Group A did not undergo any further procedures. The teeth in Group B and C were reinforced with composite impregnated glass fibre and polyethylene fibre, respectively. Fracture resistance was measured in Newtons (N). Results: The positive controls showed the highest mean fracture resistance (811.90 N), followed by Group B (600.49N), Group A (516.96N) and Group C (514.64N), respectively. One Way analysis of variance (ANOVA) test revealed a statistically significant difference between all the groups (P = 0.001). Post-hoc Tukey test revealed a moderately significant difference (P = 0.034) between Control and Group B, and a strongly significant difference between Control and Group A (P = 0.002), and Control and Group C (P = 0.001). Conclusions: Endodontic therapy and MOD cavity preparation significantly reduced the fracture resistance of endodontically treated maxillary premolars (P = 0.001). No statistically significant difference was found between the experimental groups (Group A, B and C) (P > 0.1). However, the fracture resistance of the composite impregnated glass fibre reinforced group was much higher than the others.
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Effect of different root canal irrigants on the sealing ability of two all-in-one self-etch adhesives: An in vitro study
Rashi Agrawal, Shashi Prabha Tyagi, Rajni Nagpal, Chandrakar Chaman Mishra, Udai Pratap Singh
October-December 2012, 15(4):377-382
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101917  PMID:23112488
Aim: To evaluate the effect of different root canal irrigants on the sealing ability of two self-etch adhesives, using dye penetration method, within the pulp chamber. Materials and Methods: 72 extracted human molars were divided into six groups, according to the irrigant and self-etch adhesives used. After de-roofing the pulp chamber with a carborundum disc, the pulp was extirpated using excavator and broaches. In 36 samples, pulp chambers were bonded with Xeno V after irrigation with either 2% CHX (Group1: Xe-CHX) ; 17% EDTA + 5.25% NaOCl (Group2: Xe- EDTA + NaOCl) or normal saline (Group3: Xe-NS) and in other half samples, pulp chambers were bonded with Adper Easy One after irrigation with either 2% CHX (Group 4: Ad-CHX); 17%EDTA + 5.25% NaOCl (Group5: Ad-EDTA+NaOCl) or normal saline (Group 6: Ad-NS). All the samples were restored with Filtek Z350. Ten teeth from each group were assessed for dye penetration. Two samples in each group were viewed under scanning electron microscope to observe resin-dentin interfacial adaptation. Data was statistically analyzed using Mann-Whitney and Kruskal Wallis tests at a significance level of P < 0.05. Results: Mean microleakage scores and standard deviation observed were: Group 1 (Xe-CHX): 2.8 ± 0.42, Group 2 (Xe-EDTA + NaOCl): 2.3 ± 0.82, Group 3 (Xe-NS): 2.9 ± 0.31, Group 4 (Ad-CHX): 1.2 ± 0.91, Group 5 (Ad-EDTA + NaOCl): 0.8 ± 0.63, Group 6 (Ad-NS): 1.9 ± 0.99. Conclusions: Adper Easy One showed significantly less leakage than Xeno V when normal saline was used as an irrigant. EDTA treatment followed by NaOCl application significantly reduced microleakage and improved the interfacial adaptation with Adper Easy One. CHX did not significantly affect the sealing ability of both one-step self-etch adhesives tested.
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Flexural strength of a composite resin light cured with different exposure modes and immersed in ethanol or distilled water media
Saulo Galvão dos Santos, Marcos Ribeiro Moysés, Carlos Eduardo Pinto Alcântara, José Carlos Rabelo Ribeiro, João Gustavo Rabelo Ribeiro
October-December 2012, 15(4):333-336
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101891  PMID:23112479
Aim: The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the flexural strength of a composite resin polymerized with three different modes of light exposure. Materials and Methods: The three different modes of light exposure were conventional, 600 mW/cm2/40s; soft start, 300 mW/cm2/10s + 600 mW/cm2/30s; pulse delay, 600 mW/cm2/1s + 60 s of waiting time + 600 mW/cm2/39s). Twenty samples were prepared for each polymerization method. Flexural strength (FS) tests were carried out with a 2 kN load at a speed of 0.5 mm/ min. All tested groups were submitted to analysis of variance (one-way-ANOVA) and Tukey's test (P < 0.05). Results: When stored in water, conventional and pulse delay groups presented higher FS values which were statistically different from the soft start group. When stored in 100% ethanol, conventional and soft start groups presented higher FS values which were statistically different from the pulse delay group. Conclusion: Different polymerization modes and immersion media can affect the physical properties (flexural strength) of composite resin.
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System B, Endo-Twinn and E-Fill. True temperatures inside the canal
Enzo Cumbo, Riccardo Russo, Giuseppe Gallina
October-December 2012, 15(4):342-345
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101897  PMID:23112481
Background: The aim of this study is to verify the variations of the temperature inside the root canal with three different gutta-percha heating systems. Materials and Methods: A split-tooth model was built with a lateral groove at 3.5-mm from working length (WL) in order to insert a Chromel-Alumel K-type thermocouple placed in contact with gutta-percha. The thermocouple was connected to a digital thermometer. Sixty obturations were made with medium gutta-percha points. For 20 specimens the System B was used with the Buchanan fine plugger and the temperature was set at 200°C; for other 20 specimens the Endo-Twinn with a fine plugger was used and for the last 20 specimens we used the E-Fill with a 40.04 plugger. All pluggers were pushed to 3.5 mm from WL so that the tips were in contact to the probe. Results: The analysis of 60 samples showed the highest temperature average using the System B after 10 seconds (86.85°C), after 15 seconds (94.9°C), after 20 seconds (100.4°C) and after 25 seconds (104.5°C). The Endo-Twinn average values are similar to System-B ones. The E-Fill average values are lower (69.9°C) than the other two systems evaluated only after 10 seconds due to limited working time. The temperatures average obtained using different systems of warm vertical compaction are lower than what was declared by the producing companies. Conclusion: Time is one the most important parameters to consider using these systems. Temperatures reached from the System B and Endo-Twinn after 25 seconds; however, seem to be sufficient to ensure an optimal adaptation of the gutta-percha in the anatomical complexity of root canals. The temperatures obtained from the E-Fill, only after 10 seconds, instead seems to be insufficient to assure the rheological characteristics of gutta-percha.
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The effect of retreatment procedure on the pH changes at the surface of root dentin using two different calcium hydroxide pastes
Maryam Kazemipoor, Mehdi Tabrizizadeh, Milad Dastani, Roqayeh Hakimian
October-December 2012, 15(4):346-350
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101899  PMID:23112482
Aim: To compare pH changes at the cervical, middle and apical surfaces of root dentin in retreated and non- retreated teeth, after canal obturation with two different calcium hydroxide pastes. Materials and Methods: After instrumentation of 55 extracted teeth, three cavities with 0.75 mm depth and 1.5 mm in diameter were drilled at buccal root surface. The teeth were randomly divided into five groups. Canals in the first two groups were filled with either mixture of calcium hydroxide and saline solution and calcium hydroxide and 2% chlorhexidine (CHX). In the third and fourth groups canals were first obturated with gutta-percha and AH26 sealer, and then materials were removed. After 2 days canals were filled with two different calcium hydroxide pastes similar to the first and the second groups. The pH was measured in the prepared cavities at 1, 3, 7 and 14 days. Results: In the non-retreated groups, pH at the surface of the roots was significantly higher in comparison to the retreated ones (P value < 0.001). pH values were significantly higher in the non-retreated teeth filling with calcium hydroxide and saline solution (P value < 0.001). Conclusion: Regarding to the little pH changes at the surface of dentin in retreated teeth, the hydroxyl ions cannot penetrate into the dentinal tubules. Thus, to achieve higher pH at the root surface in retreated teeth, it is clinically advisable to remove more dentin from the inner walls and to use normal saline as a vehicle for calcium hydroxide rather than acidic pH materials.
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Comparative evaluation of effect of acidic beverage on enamel surface pre-treated with various remineralizing agents: An In vitro study
Mithra N Hegde, Darshana Devadiga, Prince A Jemsily
October-December 2012, 15(4):351-356
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101902  PMID:23112483
Aim: This study aimed at quantitatively evaluating the effect of colabased beverage on the calcium loss of enamel surface pre-treated with fluorideenriched casein phosphopeptideamorphous calcium phosphate (CPP-ACPF) and βeta-ricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) using energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). Materials and Methods: 24 enamel specimens were prepared from the buccal and palatal surfaces of extracted intact human premolars and were randomly assigned to study groups and control group. Specimens of Group II were pre-treated with CPP-ACPF and Group III treated with β-TCP twice daily for 4 for 28 days, followed by storage in artificial saliva. All specimens were evaluated for mineral (calcium and phosphorus) content (wt%) after pre-treatment using SEM-EDAX. The specimens were then placed in the acidic beverages for 4 days for 10 Mineral content was again measured using SEM-EDAX. Results: Statistical analysis using one-way ANOVA followed by Tukey's HSD test was applied to compare the re-mineralization and de-mineralization of the samples. Conclusion: The present study concluded that both the remineralizing agents tested were found to be effective in inhibiting the de-mineralization caused by colabased beverage. Among the remineralizing agents tested, β-TCP was found to be more effective than CPP-ACPF.
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Comparative evaluation of the effect of different bonding agents on the ultramorphology of primary tooth dentin and the resin dentin interface
Pallavi Vashisth, Mousumi Goswami, Mudit Mittal, Seema Chaudhary
October-December 2012, 15(4):357-362
DOI:10.4103/0972-0707.101905  PMID:23112484
Aim: To analyze and compare the changes in the ultramorphology of dentin in primary teeth using different bonding agents and to study the resin/dentin interface produced by them. Materials and Methods: Occlusal surfaces of 50 extracted human deciduous teeth were grounded to expose the dentin. The teeth were divided into two groups (A) For viewing surface morphology- 18 teeth divided into four groups: (a) for viewing dentinal morphology (3 teeth), (b) Scotchbond multi-purpose (5 teeth), (c) Adhe SE (5 teeth), (d) Futurabond (5 teeth). (B) For viewing interfacial morphology- 32 teeth divided into four groups with 8 teeth each: (a) Scotch Bond Multipurpose (3M, ESPE),), (b) Adhe Se (Vivadent), (c) Optibond All-in-One (Kerr), (d) Futurabond NR (VOCO, Cuxhaven, Germany). The adhesives were applied to each group following the manufacturer's instruction. All the samples were then prepared for viewing under SEM. Results: The photographs were graded using a four-step (0-3) scale method proposed by Ferrari et al. For Scotchbond, 12 (75%) were graded as 2 Grade 3 was observed in only 1 observation in the entire lot of materials. The results obtained for Adhe SE and Optibond AIO were similar, i.e. in 5 (31.25%) observations each the scores were 0 and in 11 (68.75%) observations each the scores were 1. In case of Futurabond, 3 (18.75%) observations were graded as 0 and 13 (81.25%) were graded as 1, thus showing a mean score of 0.81±0.40. Conclusion: Three- step bonding agent results in the complete removal of smear layer. While the self- etch approach is not efficient in removing the smear layer and opening of the dentinal tubules. The longest resin tags with lateral branches were seen in two groups- Scotch bond multipurpose and Optibond FL.
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