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Alqahtani O, AbuMostafa A. Effect of Glide Path and Coronal Flaring on the Centering Ability and Transportation of Root Canals: Micro-CT In Vitro Study. J Contemp Dent Pract 2021; 22 (12):1471-1476.
Aim: To compare the effect of glide path and coronal flaring on the centering ability and transportation in curved canals prepared by different NiTi instruments using micro-CT.
Materials and methods: The mesiobuccal canal of 48 extracted mandibular molars was selected and divided into two groups of 24 each according to the type of instrument used, either Race Evo or EdgeSequel. Each group was further divided into three subgroups: Group I: without glide path and coronal flaring (control); Group II: with glide path and without coronal flaring; Group III: with glide path and coronal flaring. Following access opening and working length determination, coronal flaring and glide path were done in the required groups. The canals were then prepared according to the assigned instruments and assessed using micro-CT at 3, 5, and 7 mm of the root canal. Data of pre- and postoperative measurements were statistically analyzed using SPSS.
Results: The mean value of centering ability was 0.39 (SD 0.36) while the mean value of transportation ability was 0.002 (SD 0.153). Transportation and centering ability did not vary significantly among the tested groups of rotary instruments. Comparison of centering and transportation among root canal instrumentation groups at 3, 5, and 7 mm showed no statistical significance (p >0.05).
Conclusion: No significant difference was found among the tested groups regarding transportation and centering ability.
Clinical significance: This study provided data on the effect of glide path and coronal flaring on the centering ability and transportation on curved canals prepared by Race Evo and EdgeSequel. Coronal flaring and glide path did not affect the centering ability and transportation.
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