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VOLUME 12 , ISSUE 5 ( September-October, 2011 ) > List of Articles


Evaluation of Interference of Calcium Hydroxide-based Intracanal Medication in Filling Root Canal Systems

Matheus Melo Pithon, Deyla Duarte Vilela, Manoel Matos Neto, Alexandre Mascarenhas Villela

Citation Information : Pithon MM, Vilela DD, Neto MM, Villela AM. Evaluation of Interference of Calcium Hydroxide-based Intracanal Medication in Filling Root Canal Systems. J Contemp Dent Pract 2011; 12 (5):368-371.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1061

Published Online: 01-04-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; The Author(s).



To evaluate the interference of the intracanal medication Calen® (SSWhite, São Paulo, Brazil) on the filling of simulated lateral canals.

Materials and methods

Twenty human anterior teeth were used. Before the endodontic filling procedures the access of cavity was made, and after this root canals were made in all the teeth to simulate the presence of lateral canals. After preparation, the teeth were randomly divided into two groups (n=10). In group I, the root canal system was filled directly after chemicalmechanical preparation; in group II, endodontic treatment was performed in multiple sessions, and after preparation the calcium hydroxide-based intracanal medication Calen® was inserted. After the period of 7 days, the root canals were vigorously irrigated and then they were filled. Next, the teeth were radiographed to verify the quality of the filling.


The results demonstrated that the teeth treated in a single session, without calcium hydroxide medication, presented 47 canals out of 60 with radiographic evidence of filling, whereas the teeth in which intracanal medication was used, only 07 presented a radiographic image compatible with filling (p < 0.05).


The use of the calcium hydroxide-based medication Calen made it difficult to obtain a hermetic filling of the root canal system.

Clinical significance

The clinical significance of this work basing on the fact that once the dentist knowing that property obliteration of calcium hydroxide can be taken care when they are used in the presence of lateral canals.

How to cite this article

Vilela DD, Neto MM, Villela AM, Pithon MM. Evaluation of Interference of Calcium Hydroxide-based Intracanal Medication in Filling Root Canal Systems . J Contemp Dent Pract 2011;12(5):368-371.

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