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Paqué, F; Luder, H U; Sener, B; Zehnder, M (2006). Tubular sclerosis rather than the smear layer impedes dye penetration into the dentine of endodontically instrumented root canals. International Endodontic Journal, 39(1):18-25.

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AIM: To evaluate the effect of different root canal irrigating regimes on dentine penetration of Patent Blue dye. METHODOLOGY: Eighty extracted single-rooted human mandibular premolar teeth with narrow root canals were prepared using ProFile instruments. After each instrument, canals were irrigated with 1% sodium hypochlorite. Subsequently, teeth were randomly assigned to receive a 10 mL rinse of aqueous 17% (w/v) ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid or tap water for 2 or 10 min, followed by a final rinse with a 2% Patent Blue dye solution for 2 or 10 min (eight groups, n = 10 teeth per group). Teeth were then horizontally sectioned 3, 6 and 9 mm from the apex. Sections were digitally photographed and dye penetration was calculated as percentage of total dentine area using NIH Image J. Values were compared using one-way anova and Bonferroni correction with the alpha-type error set at <0.05. Representative tooth sections from all groups were further analysed using scanning electron microscopy. RESULTS: No significant impact of irrigating protocols on dye penetration was found. Dye penetration was significantly (P < 0.001) greater in the coronal than middle, and in middle than in apical root thirds. When observed microscopically, irrigant penetration was independent of the presence of a smear layer, but was rather a function of tubular sclerosis. CONCLUSIONS: Tubular sclerosis, a physiological phenomenon that starts in the third decade of life in the apical root region and advances coronally with age, was the main factor influencing penetrability of root dentine.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic for Preventive Dentistry, Periodontology and Cariology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:1 January 2006
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:24
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:19
Publisher DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2591.2005.01042.x
Related URLs:http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2591.2005.01042.x
PubMed ID:16409324

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