Efficacy of ultrasonic vibration in warm gutta-percha vertical compaction.

D. Re Cecconi, M. Grassi, D. Tortini, E. Brambilla, M. M. Gagliani

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Vertical compaction of warm gutta-percha is a methodology to seal root canals and it might be associated with ultrasonic vibration. The aim of this paper was to determine whether vertical compaction of warm gutta-percha used with ultrasonic vibrations performs better compared to the traditional one. Twenty-four single-rooted teeth were endodontically treated and randomly divided into two groups: in the first group (G1), teeth were filled using vertical compaction, while in the other (G2), vertical compaction was used with ultrasonic vibration. A microleakage test was performed after 24 h and 30 days from root canal sealing. After 24 hours, microleakage was similar in both groups (0.013 μL/min; SD 0.008); after 30 days, it was 0.006 μL/min (SD 0.004) in G1 and 0.004 μL/min (SD 0.003) in G2 (P>0.05). Under these experimental conditions, ultrasonic vibration used with vertical compaction produced a similar level of sealing as the traditional method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-82
Number of pages8
JournalMinerva Stomatologica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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