Fatigue Resistance of Nickel-titanium Instruments Exposed to High-concentration Hypochlorite

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Abstract

Introduction

The purpose of this study was to introduce a new fatigue test model that simulates the clinical situation for evaluating the corrosion effect of 5.25% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) on nickel-titanium (NiTi) files and to evaluate the effect of 3 different temperatures (22°C, 37°C, and 60°C) on the cyclic fatigue of these files.

Methods

Three NiTi files (size 25/.04), K3 (SybronEndo, Orange, CA), K3XF (SybronEndo), and Vortex (Dentsply Tulsa Dental Specialties, Tulsa, OK), were subjected to cyclic fatigue tests inside a novel artificial ceramic canal with a curvature of 60° and a 5-mm radius. A 19-mm-long file segment from the tip was introduced into the canal and immersed in water or 5.25% NaOCl at 3 different temperatures, and the number of revolutions to fracture (Nf) was recorded. The fracture surface of all fragments was examined by a scanning electron microscope. Data were analyzed using univariate analysis of variance with the significance level at 0.05.

Results

The Nf of Vortex files was the highest followed by K3XF and K3 (P < .05) at all conditions. The Nf of all files was highest at 22°C and lowest at 60°C (P < .05). However, no difference in Nf was detected in Vortex files between 22°C and 37°C. The Nf of all files in 5.25% NaOCl was shorter than that in water although there was no statistically significant difference. No pitting or crevice corrosion was observed on the fracture surface.

Conclusions

NaOCl, 5.25%, does not significantly affect the fatigue behavior of NiTi files. The fatigue resistance should be tested under specific temperature conditions. The austenite finish temperature of a file is important in determining the fracture risk at body temperature.

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