Resistance to Vertical Root Fracture of Endodontically Treated Teeth with MetaSEAL

Ersev H., Yilmaz B., Pehlivanoglu E., Ozcan-Caliskan E., Erisen F. R.

JOURNAL OF ENDODONTICS, vol.38, no.5, pp.653-656, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.joen.2012.02.015
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.653-656
  • Keywords: AH Plus, lateral condensation technique, matched-taper single-cone technique, MetaSEAL, resistance to vertical root fracture, RESIN-BASED SEALERS, CANAL SEALERS, BOND STRENGTH, RADICULAR DENTIN, GUTTA-PERCHA, TAPER, CONTRACTION, CEMENTS, STRESS, LAYERS
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Introduction: The purpose of this in vitro study was to assess the influence of MetaSEAL and AH Plus on the resistance to vertical root fracture of endodontically treated teeth when either the matched-taper single-cone or lateral condensation technique was used. Methods: Ninety extracted single-canal mandibular premolar teeth were sectioned, leaving a standard root length of 13 mm. The buccolingual and mesiodistal diameters were measured, and the teeth were randomly divided into 6 groups (n = 15). There were no statistically significant differences between the groups in terms of the diameters. In group 1, no instrumentation or obturation was performed. The rest of the roots were chemo-mechanically prepared with nickel-titanium,ProTaper rotary instruments up to size F3 at the working length. Group 2 was left unobturated. Groups 3 and 4 were obturated with AH Plus used with the matched-taper single-cone and lateral condensation techniques, respectively. In groups 5 and 6, MetaSEAL was used instead of AH Plus. All of the roots were mounted vertically in self-curing acrylic resin blocks that exposed 8 mm of the corona! part. Then the roots were subjected to a vertical loading force (1 mm/min). The force required to produce a fracture was recorded in newtons. The data were analyzed by using Kruskal Wallis and post hoc Dunn multiple comparison tests (P < .05). Results: Although we did not detect statistical significance, there was a substantial difference between the fracture resistance values of the intact and instrumented but not obturated roots. The groups in which AH Plus and MetaSEAL were used with the matched-taper single-cone technique showed significantly higher fracture resistance values than the instrumented but not obturated roots (P < .05). There were no significant differences between the groups submitted to the matched-taper single-cone technique. The force required to fracture the roots in the group treated with AH Plus and the lateral condensation technique was similar to that required to fracture intact roots, whereas the group treated with MetaSEAL and the lateral condensation technique revealed comparable values to the instrumented but not obturated roots. Conclusions: When used with the matched-taper single-cone technique, MetaSEAL and AH Plus have the potential to reinforce endodontically treated teeth. (J Endod 2012:38:653-656)