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Effects of Using Endoactivator® for Final Irrigation on Debris and Smear Layer Scores: An SEM comparison
Mohammad Al-Obaida

Volume 19, Issue 2 (April - June 2010)

Open Access

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the effectiveness of the EndoActivator® on smear layer adhered to the root canal surface.

METHODOLOGY:

Sixty human single-rooted teeth were instrumented and divided in three groups. At the end of the instrumentation phase, each group was rinsed with 17% EDTA. One group was not activated and EDTA was left in situ for one minute. The second group was activated using EndoActivator®. The third group was activated with the Canal Finder System. Teeth were split longitudinally and both halves from each tooth were examined under SEM.

RESULT:

The level of significance was set at P = 0.05. The EndoActivator® group differed significantly from the non-activated group (P < 0.05). However, there was no statistically significant difference (P > 0.05) between the EndoActivator® group and the Canal Finder group or between the non-activated group and the Canal Finder group..

CONCLUSION:

EndoActivator® was more effective in removing smear layer attached to root canal walls, although the differences compared to the Canal Finder System were not statistically significant.

KEYWORDS:

Canal Finder System, EndoActivator®, EDTA, Smear layer.

How to CITE:

J Pak Dent Assoc 2010;19(2):87-90.