|Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 411-415
Clinical and radiographic evaluation of procedural errors during preparation of curved root canals with hand and rotary instruments: A randomized clinical study
Rajesh Khanna1, Aashish Handa1, Rupam Kaur Virk1, Deepika Ghai1, Rajni Sharma Handa2, Asim Goel3
1 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Amritsar, India
2 Consultant Pedodontist, Private Practice, Amritsar, India
3 Department of Periodontology, Genesis Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Ferozepur, Punjab, India
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| Abstract|| |
Background: The process of cleaning and shaping the canal is not an easy goal to obtain, as canal curvature played a significant role during the instrumentation of the curved canals. Aim: The present in vivo study was conducted to evaluate procedural errors during the preparation of curved root canals using hand Nitiflex and rotary K3XF instruments. Materials and Methods: Procedural errors such as ledge formation, instrument separation, and perforation (apical, furcal, strip) were determined in sixty patients, divided into two groups. In Group I, thirty teeth in thirty patients were prepared using hand Nitiflex system, and in Group II, thirty teeth in thirty patients were prepared using K3XF rotary system. The evaluation was done clinically as well as radiographically. The results recorded from both groups were compiled and put to statistical analysis. Statistical Analysis: Chi-square test was used to compare the procedural errors (instrument separation, ledge formation, and perforation). Results: In the present study, both hand Nitiflex and rotary K3XF showed ledge formation and instrument separation. Although ledge formation and instrument separation by rotary K3XF file system was less as compared to hand Nitiflex. No perforation was seen in both the instrument groups. Conclusion: Canal curvature played a significant role during the instrumentation of the curved canals. Procedural errors such as ledge formation and instrument separation by rotary K3XF file system were less as compared to hand Nitiflex.
Keywords: Canal curvature, instrument separation, K3XF, ledge, Nitiflex, perforation, Schneider's method
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Khanna R, Handa A, Virk RK, Ghai D, Handa RS, Goel A. Clinical and radiographic evaluation of procedural errors during preparation of curved root canals with hand and rotary instruments: A randomized clinical study. Contemp Clin Dent 2017;8:411-5
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Khanna R, Handa A, Virk RK, Ghai D, Handa RS, Goel A. Clinical and radiographic evaluation of procedural errors during preparation of curved root canals with hand and rotary instruments: A randomized clinical study. Contemp Clin Dent [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Aug 7];8:411-5. Available from: http://www.contempclindent.org/text.asp?2017/8/3/411/214540
| Introduction|| |
An essential objective of endodontic therapy is total tissue debridement followed by fluid tight obturation of the prepared space as stated by Grossman. This goal can be easily achieved in large and straight canals but becomes difficult in narrow and curved canals. Procedural errors such as apical transportation, elbow formation, ledging, strip perforation, perforation, and instrument fracture do occur. These errors increase when the operator is confronted with curved root canals or when the instruments used are rigid.
Nickel-titanium (Ni-Ti) instruments are used because they have greater flexibility, torsional resistance, and capacity for maintaining the original configuration without creating any iatrogenic events such as ledge formation and perforation. The advent of Ni-Ti rotary file system has revolutionized root canal treatment by reducing operator fatigue, time required to finish preparation, and other procedural errors associated with root canal instrumentation.
Despite these advantages, Ni-Ti instruments can undergo fracture within their elastic limit without any visible sign of previous permanent deformation. To overcome the disadvantages, various improvements are being made in the field of Ni-Ti instruments. Lopes et al. compared the flexibility, cyclic fatigue resistance, and torsional load of conventional Ni-Ti instruments (K3 and Revo S) and K3XF (R-phase) instruments. The authors found that the K3XF instruments had the overall best performance in terms of flexibility, cyclic fatigue resistance, and angular deflection at failure.
Several methodologies have been used to evaluate the efficacy of Ni-Ti instruments in remaining centered during preparation. Radiography is the commonly used method to assess the outcome of endodontic treatment. A preoperative radiograph can provide clinicians with comprehensive information regarding the internal anatomy of the root canal system, risk of possible complications, and treatment prognosis. Furthermore, radiography can be used to assess the quality of work at each phase during the procedure.
Hence, the aim of the present study was to clinically and radiographically evaluate the procedural errors during the preparation of curved root canals using hand (Nitiflex) endodontic files and rotary (K3XF) endodontic instruments.
| Materials and Methods|| |
The study was conducted at the Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Amritsar and approval for the study was granted by the Ethical Committee of the Institute vide letter no. 1995/IDSR/2014. The aim and objectives were to determine the procedural errors such as ledge formation, instrument separation, and perforation (apical, furcal, strip) during the preparation of curved root canals using hand and rotary instruments. A randomized clinical study was carried out on sixty patients in which roots with fully formed apices and curvature more than 20° (according to Schneider's method) at the Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics of the institute. However, teeth with root caries, calcified canals, retreatment cases, and third molars were not selected for the study. Informed written consent was obtained from each patient in accordance with the study protocol. Sixty samples were randomly divided into two groups, namely, Group I and Group II, having thirty teeth each.
Group I: Thirty teeth were prepared with Hand Nitiflex system (Dentsply Maillefer) using # 30/0.04 at the apex.
Group II: Thirty teeth were prepared with K3XF rotary system (Sybron Endo) in a given sequence: # 25/0.10 and # 25/0.08 was taken into canal until resistance, and # 25/0.06 or # 25/0.04 was taken up to working length.
Following local anesthesia, rubber dam isolation was done, and access cavities were prepared with sterilized high-speed airotor handpiece using round carbide, fissure carbide, and Endo Z burs with water as coolant. Patency of root canals was checked using no. 10 K file and preoperative diagnostic radiographs were taken using the standardized technique. These radiographs were used to determine the canal curvature using Schneider's method.
Radiographs were scanned using a high-resolution transparency scanner. The scanned radiographs and digital images were taken into a computer software program “coral draw.” These images were analyzed and measurements were made. An outline in vector form was drawn around the preoperative tooth and the root canal. The presence of file in the canal facilitates the drawing. Tip of the file was taken as the apical end of root canal and subpulpal wall was taken as coronal end. Point “a” was marked at the middle of the file at the level of canal orifice. Point “b” was marked on the file where the instrument made a deviation. Point “c” was marked on the file at the apical end. Two straight lines was drawn first from point “a” to point “b” and second from point “c” to point “b.” The internal angle formed by intersection of these two lines was measured and taken as Primary canal curvature. Secondary curvature was measured, if present. Secondary curve is the one that deviates in direction opposite to that of primary curvature. To measure the secondary curve, a fourth point “d” was marked on file at the most apical extension of the primary curve, and a straight line was drawn from this point to apical end point “c.” The angle formed by the intersection of these two lines was measured and taken as secondary canal curvature [Figure 1]. Then, working length was determined and biomechanical preparation was done using crown down technique. Before using any Ni-Ti rotary instruments, a glide path up to ISO size 20 with stainless steel K hand files (0.02 taper) was created. Throughout biomechanical preparation, irrigation was done with 5.25% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) for 1 min followed by 17% ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid for 1 min, and final rinse was done with 2.5% NaOCl for 30 s followed by saline and 2% chlorhexidine for 5 min. After complete preparation, postoperative radiographs (intraoral periapical radiograph or radiovisiograph) were taken. Pre- and post-operative radiographs were superimposed to check the change in curvature/ledge formation and were also used to check for the errors during preparation of the canals. After complete biomechanical preparation, canals were dried using air pressure and calcium hydroxide and 2% chlorhexidine dressing was given for 1 week, and pulp chamber was sealed with temporary filling material, i.e., Orafil-G. In the next appointment, temporary filling was removed from the pulp chamber and canals were irrigated and dried with absorbent points, followed by coating the canals with sealer (AH Plus) and obturation with gutta-percha using lateral condensation technique and the tooth was restored with composite.
|Figure 1: Primary and secondary curvature using Schneider method. Point “a”: marked at the middle of the file at the level of canal orifice. Point “b”: marked on the file where the instrument made a deviation. Point “c” was marked on the file at the apical end. Primary canal curvature: Two straight lines was drawn first from point “a” to point “b” and second from point “c” to point “b”. The internal angle formed by intersection of these two lines was measured. Secondary canal curvature: to measure, a fourth point “d” was marked on the file at the most apical extension of the primary curve and a straight line was drawn from this point to apical end point “c”. The angle formed by intersection of these two lines was measured and taken as secondary canal curvature|
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Ledge formation/change in canal curvature
Ledge formation and change in canal curvature were determined using Schneider's method. The preoperative angle of curvature of root canal so obtained was noted for each tooth. Thereafter, the scanned postoperative radiographs were also studied. The pre- and post-operative radiographs were superimposed. The change in angle, if any was recorded, compiled, and put to statistical analysis.
Instrument separation was checked radiographically as well as clinically by measuring the length of the instrument before and after use.
Perforation was diagnosed using electronic apex locators, radiographs taken at three different angulations and clinically by direct observation of bleeding or indirect bleeding assessment using a paper point.
| Results|| |
Observations of the present in vivo study evaluating sixty teeth treated in two groups were tabulated in [Table 1],[Table 2],[Table 3]. Chi-square test was used to compare the procedural errors (instrument separation, ledge formation, and perforation) and statistical analysis was done.
[Table 1] shows the comparative evaluation of ledge formation using hand Nitiflex and rotary K3XF systems. Ledge formation occurred in five (16.7%) out of thirty cases using hand Nitiflex, while with K3XF rotary system ledge formation occurred in two (6.7%) cases. The results were statistically insignificant (P = 0.228). [Table 2] shows the comparative evaluation of instrument separation using hand Nitiflex and rotary K3XF file system. Instrument separation using hand Nitiflex occurred in seven (23.3%) out of thirty cases, while with rotary K3XF system instrument separation occurred in three (10%) cases. The results were statistically insignificant (P = 0.166). [Table 3] shows the comparative evaluation of perforation using hand Nitiflex and rotary K3XF. No perforation occurred with any of the two file systems.
|Table 1: Comparative evaluation of ledge formation using hand Nitiflex and rotary K3XF endodontic files|
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|Table 2: Comparative evaluation of instrument separation using hand Nitiflex and rotary K3XF endodontic files|
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|Table 3: Comparative evaluation of perforation using hand Nitiflex and rotary K3XF endodontic files|
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| Discussion|| |
According to Ingle and Levine, “The primary objective of operative endodontics must be the development of a fluid-tight seal at the apical foramen and total obliteration of the root canal space.” When curvatures are present, endodontic preparations becomes more difficult. Schneider was one of the first to describe a reliable method of determining canal curvatures. Bone and Moule  modified his method to describe a secondary curvature in the apical region. The process of cleaning and shaping the canal is not an easy goal to obtain, especially in curved canals. In the present clinical study, crown down technique was employed in both hand and rotary instruments as it permits straighter access to the apical region, eliminates coronal interferences, gives better tactile control, removes the bulk of tissue, and microorganisms before apical shaping and allows deeper penetration of irrigants, and the working length is less likely to change.
Unfortunately, a number of procedural errors such as canal transportation, ledges, perforations, and apical zips can occur while shaping curved canals. A ledge is defined as a deviation from the original canal curvature within the apical third which creates or starts to create a new canal at a tangent to the original canal. According to Glossary of endodontic terms (American Association of Endodontists) perforation is defined as “mechanical or pathological communication between the root canal system and external tooth surface.” Instrument fracture is a complex, multifactorial event. Reason for instrument fracture is flexural fatigue or torsional loading. Torsional fracture occurs when the tip or any part of the instrument is locked in a canal while the shaft continues to rotate; the instrument exceeds the elastic limit of the metal and shows plastic deformation followed by fracture. The other type of instrument fracture is caused by work hardening and metal fatigue, resulting in flexural fracture (failure).
The introduction of Ni-Ti alloy for hand filing and later the launch of engine driven instruments have significantly altered the canal shaping procedure over the past two decades. Despite their increasing popularity, a concern with the use of Ni-Ti rotary instruments is the possibility of unexpected separation during use. Attempts have been made to increase the flexibility and cutting efficiency of endodontic files by modifying their design. Thermal treatment of Ni-Ti alloys, such as R-phase wire (SybronEndo, Orange, CA, USA) has been used to optimize the mechanical properties of the file. The R-phase is an intermediate phase with a rhombohedral structure that can form during forward transformation from martensite to austenite on heating and reverse transformation from austenite to martensite on cooling. It occurs within a very narrow temperature range. In 2011, K3XF was developed with the R-phase heating and cooling protocol, but instead of being twisted, it was ground like K3.
This study was undertaken to evaluate the procedural errors during the preparation of curved root canals using hand (Nitiflex) and rotary (K3XF) instruments. Bishop and Dummer  found ledge formation in five cases with hand Nitiflex and in twenty cases with Flexofiles which was similar to the findings of the present study. However, in contrary Greene and Krell  observed 46% ledged canals with hand K-flex files. In a study, Alrahabi  found 1.1% ledge formation with Ni-Ti rotary and 14.4% with stainless steel hand endodontic instruments. However, different findings to the current study are reported in the literature according to Rodrigues et al. that canal deviation with K3XF was greater as compared to Mtwo and BioRace rotary systems used in the study. Less ledge formation with rotary K3XF system as compared to hand Nitiflex files could be attributed to the U-file design of K3XF which prevent self-threading. K3XF has a variable core diameter and a safe ended tip which decreases the incidence of ledging.
Various authors like Bishop and Dummer  observed instrument fracture in seven cases with Nitiflex and in twelve cases with Flexofiles. In another study, Haji-Hassani et al. observed that instrument separation occurred in ten cases using hand K files. The findings are similar to the present study. Furthermore, Pérez-Higueras, et al. compared the cyclic fatigue resistance of K3, K3XF, and twisted files and showed that the cyclic fatigue resistance was 94% for K3XF. In contrary de Almeida, et al. observed that K3XF has shorter cyclic fracture resistance mean time (414.3) as compared to ProTaper Next (1254.7) which has the greatest cyclic fracture resistance mean time. In the present study, less instrument separation occurred with rotary K3XF system as compared to hand Nitiflex files which could be attributed to the improved mechanical and physical properties of the K3XF system due to thermal R-phase heat treatment.
In the present study, no perforation was seen in both hands Nitiflex and rotary K3XF groups. This was in accordance with Bishop and Dummer  using Nitiflex and Flexofile groups with apical diameter size 30 and Olivier et al. with R-phase K3XF rotary system. Ni-Ti files used in both groups have superelasticity, shape memory, and modified tip designs that reduced the undesirable changes in the curved canals like perforation.
| Conclusion|| |
Endodontic mishaps could be avoided with thorough knowledge of the complications and variations in root canal anatomy, good technical skills and training. Canal curvature played a significant role during the instrumentation of the curved canals. In the present study, both hand Nitiflex and rotary K3XF showed ledge formation and instrument separation. Although ledge formation and instrument separation by rotary K3XF file system was less as compared to hand Nitiflex. No perforation was seen in both the instrument groups.
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