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Influence of Irrigant Solutions and Apex Locators in Working Length Determination

Journal: Journal of Oral Health and Dental Science (Vol.1, No. 1)

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Page : 1-4

Keywords : Length Determination; Irrigant Solutions; Apex Locators;

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The objective of this study is to evaluate the accuracy of three apex locators using four irrigant solutions to determine the working length of root canals. Material and methods: thirty unirradicular teeth were used. Teeth were randomly divided into three groups, in order to establish the working length, using different apex locators: Raypex 6, Endo EZE and RootOR. Four different irrigant solutions were used combined with the apex locators: saline solution (0.9% sodium chloride), 2% chlorhexidine digluconate, 18% EDTA and 5.25% NaCLO. Real working length (RWL) was determined using a #15 K-file in each specimen until the end of the file was visualized in stereoscopic microscopy. Scores (%) were attributed to each difference found between the working length gave by the apex locators and the RWL. Results: there was a significant difference between the RWL and that one found with the apex locators Raypex 6 and RootOR; however, Endo EZE did not show statistical differences. The four different irrigant solutions did not show statistically differences between then. Conclusions: the precision to estimate the working length with Raypex 6 and RootOR was affected by the different irrigant solutions in the root canal; Endo EZE was the most accurate apex locator to estimate the RWL.

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