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 »  Home  »  Endodontic Articles 4  »  A laboratory study of coronal microleakage using four temporary restorative materials
A laboratory study of coronal microleakage using four temporary restorative materials
Introduction - Materials and methods.

E. V. Cruz, Y. Shigetani, K. Ishikawa, K. Kota, M. Iwaku & H. E. Goodis
Department of Operative Dentistry and Endodontics, Niigata University Faculty of Dentistry, Niigata City, Japan.
Manila Central University College of Dentistry, Manila, Philippines.
Division of Endodontics, University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry, California, USA.

The use of temporary restorative materials between appointments is one of the factors that determine the success or failure of root canal treatment. These materials serve to seal the tooth temporarily, preventing the entry of fluids, microorganisms and other debris into the root canal space. In addition, they also prevent the escape into the oral cavity of medicaments placed in the pulp chamber (Webber et al. 1978).
A coronal filling material is considered effective when it is able to fulfill certain properties including good sealing of tooth margins, lack of porosity and dimensional changes to hot and cold temperatures, good abrasion and compression resistance, ease of insertion and removal, compatibility with intracanal medicaments and good aesthetic appearance (Deveaux et al. 1992). Several studies evaluating the microleakage of temporary restorative materials have been conducted and the technique used most to assess sealability has utilized dye penetration with either thermal cycling or load cycling procedures (Krakow et al. 1977, Chohayeb & Bassiouny 1985, Noguera & McDonald 1990, Hosoya 1991, Lee et al. 1993, Pai et al. 1999). Most of these studies focused on the sealing ability of IRM®, Cavit® and, more recently, Caviton®.
A previous study indicated that, of these materials, Caviton appeared to produce the best seal, followed by Cavit and then IRM (Lee et al. 1993). Lee and associates noted that the seal provided by Caviton and Cavit could be attributed to their expansion on setting due to their hygroscopic property (Lee et al. 1993).
There are other types of temporary coronal filling materials available today. One of these is Fermin (Detax GmbH & Co KG, Germany), a zinc sulphate cement used by many dentists and dental students in countries such as the Philippines, and Canseal (Showa Yakuhin Kako Co, Ltd, Tokyo, Japan), a noneugenol cement marketed in Japan. Unfortunately, studies concerning the ability of these two materials to provide a tight seal in endodontic access cavities are rare.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the sealing ability of Fermin and Canseal, at two powder to liquid ratios, and to compare them with two popular temporary filling materials, Caviton and Cavit, using a methylene blue dye penetration test.

Materials and methods.
The temporary restorative materials used in this study are indicated in Table 1. Fermin is a single paste temporary filling material that is primarily composed of zinc sulphate. Canseal is a noneugenol cement that uses a powder and liquid mixing method. The powder component of Canseal is made up of zinc oxide, rogin and magnesium oxide, whilst its liquid component has fatty acids (isostearic acid, linoleic acid, etc.), orthoethoxy benzoic acid and propylene glycol. The main constituents of Caviton are zinc oxide, Plaster of Paris and vinyl acetate whilst those of Cavit are zinc oxide, calcium sulphate, zinc sulphate, glycol acetate, polyvinyl acetate and triethanolamine.
One hundred and sixty extracted caries-free human maxillary and mandibular molar teeth stored in 10% formalin solution were used. The teeth were cleaned of soft tissue and debris before use, rinsed overnight in running water and then immersed in deionized water for 24 h. Standardized access cavities were prepared in the occlusal surfaces of the teeth with the aid of a template measuring 4 mm 4 mm. Access was made using a high speed air turbine under water coolant with a no. 4 round bur for initial entry and a diamond fissure bur to extend the preparation to the desired occlusal outline. All teeth were irrigated using SC-3000 Ultrasonic Scaler ( J Morita Corporation, Kyoto, Japan) and 5% sodium hypochlorite (Wako Pure Chemical Industries Ltd, Osaka, Japan) to remove remaining smear layer, pulp tissues and other debris inside the chamber. The prepared openings were air dried and cotton pellets were placed on the floor of the pulp chamber. A periodontal probe was used to measure the depth of the opening assuring that it could accommodate at least 4 mm of the temporary filling material (Webber et al. 1978).

Table 1. Temporary filling materials evaluated.

Temporary filling materials evaluated
*As reported by manufacturer.

The teeth were divided randomly into five groups of 32 teeth each, as shown in Table 2. The filling materials, Fermin, Canseal (at two powder to liquid ratios), Caviton and Cavit, were incrementally introduced into the access opening from the bottom up with the use of a plastic instrument. Every effort was made to ensure that the filling materials were carefully pressed against the cavity walls. The surfaces of filling materials placed in specimens in groups I, IV and V were smoothed with cotton pellet moistened with normal saline (Otsuka Co, Tokyo, Japan) to initiate setting of the materials. The specimens were then placed in normal saline and stored in an incubator (Model IC-450, Iuchi Co., Japan) with the temperature maintained at 37 C for 2 h to ensure setting of the materials (Lee et al. 1993).

Table 2. Experimental groups according to the material used.

Experimental groups according to the material used

After setting of the materials, the five experimental groups were divided into four subgroups with eight teeth each to represent the four experimental conditions: group A = control, B = thermal cycling, C = load cycling, and D = thermal and load cycling (Table 3).
All specimens were covered with nail polish (except the access areas) and placed in 2% methylene blue solution and stored in an incubator maintained at a temperature of 37 C for 7 days.

Table 3. Conditions of testing.

Conditions of testing

Figure 1. Grades of dye penetration:
1. dye penetration is over half of the pulp chamber;
2. dye penetration is within half of the pulp chamber;
3. dye penetration is within the dentino-enamel junction.

Conditions of testing

The specimens were then washed under running water and dried. They were sectioned 3 mm below the cemento-enamel junction before being immersed in cold curing resin (Technovit 4071, Heraeus, Kulzer GmbH, Germany). After polymerization, the specimens were sectioned in a mesiodistal direction along their longitudinal axis with a low speed diamond cutter (Micro Cutter MC-201, Maruto, Japan). The sectioned specimens were viewed and photographed using a stereomicroscope with a camera (Nikon, Tokyo, Japan) at a 2 magnification. The measurement of dye penetration was jointly carried out by the senior author and a coauthor for each specimen at two separate times using a modification of the scoring technique introduced by Lee et al. (1993) (Fig. 1). Results were analyzed using two-way anova and by Fisher’s PLSD post hoc test ( P < 0.05) to determine if a statistically significant difference existed between the groups in each of the experimental conditions.

Table 4. Leakage category of filling materials.

Leakage category of filling materials