Micro-computed Tomographic Comparison of Nickel-Titanium Rotary versus Traditional Instruments in C-Shaped

By Yin X, Cheung GS, Zhang C, Masuda YM, Kimura Y, Matsumoto K.

Date: 01/2010
Journal: JOE


Assess the efficacy of instrumentation of C-shaped canals with ProTaper rotary system and traditional instruments by using micro–computed tomography


Teeth were assigned for instrumentation by ProTaper rotary system (ProTaper group) or by K-files and Gates-Glidden burs (Hand Instrument group). Three dimensional images were constructed by micro-CT. The volume of dentin removed, uninstrumented canal area, time taken for instrumentation, and iatrogenic error of instrumentation were investigated.


Hand Instrument group showed greater amount of volumetric dentin removal and left less uninstrumented canal area than ProTaper group (P < .01). The time needed for instrumentation was shorter for ProTaper group than for Hand Instrument group (P < .05). No instrument breakage occurred in both groups, but more conspicuous procedural errors were detected in Hand Instrument group than for ProTaper group.

Clinical Significance:

ProTaper rotary system maintained the canal curvature with speediness and few procedural errors, whereas traditional instrumentation can clean more canal surface.