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Main objective of root canal treatment is to achieve a three-dimensional obturation. Various techniques are used for this purpose, which uses the core material and root canal sealer. [1,2] Single cone obturation technique brought the revolutionary change by using a single well-fitting guttapercha cone with the sealer. [3] Nickel titanium instrument having a greater taper corresponding to the gutta-percha facilitate the use of single cone obturation technique. [4] As the gutta-percha is solid core obturating material, voids are more commonly seen in the sealer mass or at the interface with the sealer which allows the passage of toxin to pass into the periapex and decreases the quality of obturation. [3,5,6] Voids are critically found more in SC obturation technique as compared to other technique, because volume of sealer used is more in SC obturation technique. [3] Therefore, it is very important to quantify that sealer used in single cone obturation (SC) technique should have minimum or less number of voids. [7]

Many root canal sealers are available based on chemical composition such as calcium hydroxide-based, zinc oxide eugenol-based, resin-based sealer and mineral trioxide aggregate based. Mineral Trioxide Aggregates (MTA) based calcium silicate cement is gaining popularity during root canal obturation due to its bioactive characteristic to form an apatite in dentinal tubules.[8] It is also believed that MTA when come in contact with soft tissue dissolve into calcium hydroxide. Recently new Pozzolan-based MTA sealer cement known as Endoseal MTA, (Maruchi) have been introduced. This Endoseal MTA is calcium-silicate based with a chemical composition very similar to that of MTA.[9] Endoseal is known for its intratubular biomineralization, high radiopacity, low solubility in contact with tissue fluids and expansion during setting and excellent viscosity for insertion. [8,10] Studies have shown that it has favourable mechanical characteristics, biocompatibility, mineralization potential and odontogenic effects of the pozzolan cement. [8]

There are only few studies available which have evaluated and compared the presence of voids within the sealer mass, particularly Endoseal sealers when employed with SC technique. [11] Therefore, this study was conducted for comparative evaluation of the area of voids in Endoseal MTA, resin and zinc oxide-eugenol-based sealers when employed with SC obturation technique.


Method of Collection of Data

This is a randomised controlled study. In this study, forty-five natural human single-rooted mandibular premolar teeth extracted for periodontal or orthodontic reasons were used to obtain samples. Sample size has been taken conveniently. Allocation is done using computer generated table. Exclusive criteria for this study are broken teeth, carious teeth, teeth with internal or external resorption and teeth with hypoplasia.

After the teeth have been selected, access opening was prepared and working length was determined by inserting a No. 15 K file into the canal until the tip of the file was visible at the apical foramen. Pro-Taper (Dentsply Maillefer, Ballaigues, Switzerland) Ni-Ti rotary files were used for cleaning and shaping using crown down technique upto size F3. Irrigation was done using sodium hypochlorite (5.25%) throughout the preparation followed by 17% ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid solution to remove the smear layer and saline as the final irrigant. The prepared teeth were randomly divided into three groups with fifteen teeth in each group, for SC obturation using calcium silicate-based Endoseal MTA, Epoxy resin-based AH Plus (Dentsply, USA) and zinc oxide-eugenol-based Pulpdent (Pulpdent Corporation, MA, USA) sealers, respectively.

Lentulospiral (Dentsply Maillefer, Ballaigues, Switzerland) were used to apply the sealer into the canal wall which were mixed according to the manufacturer's instructions. After coating the selected Gutta-percha cone, which is corresponding to F3, sized Pro-Taper (Dentsply, Switzerland) with a sealer, gutta-percha cone were inserted into the canal and the excess portion was cut-off until the cervical line. Using SC technique each group was obturated using their respective root canal sealers. The entire obturated specimen were stored in 100% relative humidity at 37[degrees] for 7 days to ensure complete setting of the sealers. Later, the decoronation of obturated teeth were done at the cementoenamel junction and the roots were marked with shallow cuts on the buccal and lingual aspects at an approximate level of 1 mm, 4 mm, 8 mm and 12 mm from their apices using a diamond disc. Using a chisel, roots were sectioned through the marked cuts to obtain the apical, middle and coronal third sections. Thickness of each section were approximately of 3 [+ or -] 0.5 mm and a total of 15 sectioned samples were obtained in each group.

A stereomicroscope (Zeiss, Thornwood, NY, USA) with a magnification x 40 was used to observe each section and digital images were taken. To calculate the area of voids, images were analysed using the Image software (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA). Statistical analysis was done using SPSS software (version 15, SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA) and Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whitney tests.


In this study, Nickel-Titanium rotary instruments were used due to its easy availability of gutta-percha with corresponding taper of Ni-Ti rotary files and also it reduces the time required for preparation as compared to other techniques. Although, it has become a very popular technique, it has some of the disadvantages like inadequate adaptation of gutta-percha in oval, irregular and complex canal and limited penetration of spreader for any further lateral compaction.!34) Therefore, in single cone obturation technique sealer and its sufficient volume play a very important role in providing a hermetic seal.

In single cone obturation technique, there is greater interaction of single master cone with the sealer to provide an adequate seal and also volume of sealer used is larger as compared to other and thus it can be said that there is increased chance of voids in SC obturation technique as compared to other techniques and these voids are very critical in apical region, because it plays an important role in success of any root canal treatment, therefore in this study area of sealer voids after SC obturation is evaluated.[3,12)

Various factors that causes voids formation are due to air entrapment during mixing or carrying and coating the sealer to the canal wall and inherent factors such as sealer manipulation and handling as well as properties such as flow and density of the sealer. [1,2]

In this study zinc oxide-based sealer (Pulpdent) was employed, because it is considered to be the most conventional sealer along with it satisfactory physicochemical properties. [1] Epoxy resin based sealer (AH Plus) was used because of its excellent properties such as low solubility, small expansion, adhesion to dentin and very good sealing ability. [13] A calcium silicate-based sealer (Endoseal MTA) was studied, as it is a newly introduced sealer and though it is claimed to have many favourable properties and biocompatibility, but the occurrence of voids in this sealer had not been evaluated by previous studies. [9,12]

Various techniques have been used to evaluate the area of sealer voids. [11] However, in this study stereomicroscopic examination and digital image analysis with software was employed to assess the voids. Though it has disadvantages such as structural loss or destruction of samples during sectioning, but it has many advantages such as three-dimensional view of the surface to be examined. No pre-treatment of specimen and also associated with image analysis software, which eliminates human errors during the interpretation of the parameters. [7,11]

In this study, apical section of all the groups showed either no voids or lesser area of voids as compared to middle and coronal section due to the close and maximal fit of the single gutta-percha master cone apically. [14] And also in previous studies, it has been shown that single cone obturation have a good apical seal as compared to coronal, while the middle portion showed the least volume percentage because it is said that more hydraulic force is generated when the greater taper SC close fit to the apical portion and increases the flow in the apical portion by mean of shear thinning mechanism and this will probably cause collapse of air bubbles or air entrapment under pressure and enhance the flow of sealer and lead to lesser or no voids in the apical sections. But when the SC is pushed into the canal, some of the excess sealers backflows in the middle and coronal portion.!1516) This could possibly be the reason for air entrapment and may explain the occurrence of more voids in middle or coronal sections than apical one.

In this study, SC obturation with Endoseal MTA and AH Plus sealers showed significantly better results than those with Pulpdent sealer. The occurrence of voids in a sealer can be attributed to its manipulative and handling properties and also from the rheological properties of a sealer. [12] Flow helps the sealer to penetrate better into the irregularities and the accessory canals, which is generally related with the particle size and composition of the sealer and because of their better flow property significant difference was seen when Endoseal MTA and AH Plus sealer was compared with the pulpdent sealer.!9) Further Endoseal MTA is available in premixed injectable paste form and AH Plus sealer is paste/ paste system available in the form of two paste system also contribute to their better flow as compared to pulpdent sealer, which is a regular zinc oxide-eugenol-based powder/liquid formulation. [9,13]

When the Endoseal MTA and AH Plus sealer were compared, though there was no significant difference seen in the critical apical section, but the Endoseal MTA showed the void free apical and middle portion section as compared to AH plus sealer. This can be due to its particle size and setting mechanism of Endoseal MTA. Endoseal MTA is a pozzolan based cement having particle size of 1.5 micro-meter, whereas AH plus has a particle size of 8 micro-meter. [18,13] Endoseal MTA, because of its particle size becomes thixotropic when the material is released via needle tip which infiltrates into dentinal tubules to form sealer tags and apatite precursors, which helps in intra-tubular biomineralization. [8] Endoseal MTA undergoes setting expansion due to presence of MTA, which enhances the sealing ability and makes the sealer void free in apical and middle portion, its setting causes hydration of anhydrous mineral oxide to form calcium silicate hydrate and calcium hydroxide compound which leads to expansion. [9,12] Therefore, Endoseal MTA sealer apart from its good flow and favourable properties has setting expansion mechanism and high alkalinity (pH 10-11), which provides several biological advantages like alkalization which promotes healing and hard tissue formation. [9] Thus, co-relating the findings from this study, despite AH Plus having minimum shrinkage, Endoseal MTA would have a distinct advantage over AH Plus sealer in promoting superior sealing with SC technique of obturation. [6,8,9] However studies, which are employing the large sample size, assist to further validate the results of this study by using micro-computed tomography and calculating the percentage of voids in relation to the total area of each canal section or the whole canal.


In this study sample size was small, because of short study period.


Within the limitations of this study, it can be concluded that the SC obturation with Endoseal MTA sealer had no voids in the apical and middle-third sections and had least overall mean area of voids. The differences were significant when compared to those with AH Plus and Pulpdent sealers. SC obturation with AH Plus sealer also showed significantly lesser area of voids in the apical and middle sections and lesser overall mean area of voids when compared to those with Pulpdent sealer.


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Vidhi Soni (1), Vasundhara Shivanna (2), Prakash Lokhande (3)

(1) Final Year Postgraduate Student, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, College of Dental Sciences, Davanagere, Karnataka, India.

(2) HOD and Professor, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, College of Dental Sciences, Davanagere, Karnataka, India.

(3) Reader, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, College of Dental Sciences, Davanagere, Karnataka, India.

'Financial or Other Competing Interest': None.

Submission 15-06-2018, Peer Review 24-07-2018, Acceptance 30-07-2018, Published 06-08-2018.

Corresponding Author:

Dr. Vidhi Soni, Room No. 9, B-Block, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka, India.


DOI: 10.14260/jemds/2018/810
Table 1. Section-Wise Mean Area of Voids (mm2) in the
study group with Median and IQR

                            Q1      Median     Q3     P-value

           Apical    15    0.003    0.005    0.007
AH Plus    Middle    15   0.0011    0.007    0.009     0.000
           Coronal   15    0.019    0.022    0.026
           Apical    15      0        0
  MTA      Middle    15      0        0                0.000
           Coronal   15    0.008    0.0084
           Apical    15    0.013    0.017
Pulpdent   Middle    15    0.033    0.037              0.000
           Coronal   15    0.03     0.034    0.038

Table 2. Overall Mean Area of Voids (mm2) in the study
groups with a Median and IQR

 Groups           Q1      Median      Q3

AH Plus    45   0.0045     0.008    0.0195
  MTA      45      0         0      0.0081
Pulpdent   45   0.0195     0.032    0.0375

Table 3. Statistical differences in the overall Mean Area of
Voids between the Study Groups

                        Standard         Kruskal-
 Group     N    Mean    Deviation    Wallis Chi-square   P-value

  MTA      45   .0027     .00389
AH Plus    45   .0113     .00917          87.231          .000
Pulpdent   45   .0288     .01071
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Title Annotation:Original Research Article
Author:Soni, Vidhi; Shivanna, Vasundhara; Lokhande, Prakash
Publication:Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences
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Date:Aug 6, 2018

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