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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 145-149

Comparison of laterally condensed, vertically compacted thermoplasticized, cold free-flow GP obturations - A volumetric analysis using spiral CT

Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Sri Ramachandra Dental College, Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Nagendrababu Venkateshbabu
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Sri Ramachandra Dental College, Porur, Chennai - 600116, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-0707.58334

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Aim/Objective: To compare the laterally condensed gutta-percha, vertically compacted thermoplastized gutta-percha (E and Q Plus system) and cold free-flow gutta-percha (GuttaFlow). This is a volumetric analysis using spiral CT, an in vitro study. Materials and Methods: Access cavities were prepared in 60 single rooted anterior teeth; cleaning and shaping was done and obturated with three of the different techniques: group A: cold lateral; group B: vertically compacted thermoplasticized and group C: cold free-flow obturation techniques. Volume analysis was done using spiral computed tomography (CT). The percentage difference was calculated and statistically analyzed using one-way ANOVA and post hoc multiple comparison Tukey HSD tests. Results: There were statistical significant differences between group A (0.183cm 3 ) and group B (0.136cm 3 ); group A (0.183cm 3 ) and group C (0.128cm 3 ). But there was no statistical significance between group B (0.136cm 3 ) and group C (0.128cm 3 ). Conclusion: Within the limitations of this in vitro study it can be concluded that cold free-flow obturation technique showed the highest volume of obturation, followed by the vertically condensed thermoplasticized technique. The least volume of obturation was observed in cold lateral condensation technique.

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