Apical Extrusion of Thermoplasticized Obturating Material in Canals Instrumented with Profile 0.06 or Profile GT


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Abstract

The purpose of this in vitro study was to compare the extrusion of thermoplacticized gutta-percha in teeth instrumented with Profile 0.06 or Profile GT, and obturated with Thermafil Plus and Thermafil GT, respectively. A total of 120, extracted, human maxillary central incisors were divided into four equal groups. Group 1 was instrumented with Profile 0.06 and obturated with Thermafil Plus. Group 2 was instrumented with Profile 0.06 and obturated using warm vertical condensation (negative control). Group 3 was instrumented with Profile GT and obturated with Thermafil GT. Group 4 was instrumented with Profile GT and obturated like Group 2 (negative control). Extrusion was graded as present or absent. Results found 9 of 30 extruded for group 1, 1 of 30 for group 2, 15 of 30 for group 3, and 2 of 30 for group 4. The results suggest that, in vitro, Thermafil GT may be more prone to extruding gutta-percha past the apical foramen than Thermafil Plus.

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