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 »  Home  »  Endodontic Articles 5  »  In vitro comparison of different types of sodium perborate used for intracoronal bleaching of discoloured teeth
In vitro comparison of different types of sodium perborate used for intracoronal bleaching of discoloured teeth
Introduction - Materials and methods.

H. Ari & M. Üngör
Selcuk University Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Endodontics, Konya, Turkey.

Discolouration of non-vital teeth can occur through extrinsic and/or intrinsic factors. Amongst the intrinsic stains, intrapulpal haemorrhage and/or pulp necrosis, often associated with impact injuries of teeth, can be successfully managed using intracoronal bleaching (Ingle & Bakland 1994).
Bleaching of discoloured non-vital teeth offers some advantages over more radical treatment such as full coverage restorations, since little tooth structure is lost and the cost of treatment is minimal. The most commonly used intracoronal bleaching materials are an aqueous solution of 30% hydrogen peroxide and sodium perborate. These materials may be used either separately or in combination. Bleaching techniques include the thermocatalytic method, walking bleach and combined method. In the thermocatalytic technique a heat source is used to activate the bleaching agent placed in the pulp chamber through the release of nascent oxygen (Walton & Torabinejad 1996).
In the walking bleach technique, a thick paste of sodium perborate mixed with hydrogen peroxide or water is placed in the pulp chamber and sealed for periods of 3 to 7 days (Walton & Torabinejad 1996). Spasser (1961) appears to have been the first to suggest the use of sodium perborate and water mixed to a paste for intracoronal bleaching. Nutting & Poe (1963) substituted water for hydrogen peroxide to achieve synergism and a more rapid bleaching effect. However, external cervical root resorption has been reported to occur following intracoronal bleaching of discoloured pulpless teeth with the walking bleaching technique when hydrogen peroxide was used (Harrington & Natkin 1979, Latcham 1986, Friedman et al. 1988). Therefore, it is recommended that sodium perborate should be used mixed with water rather than hydrogen peroxide in order to prevent or minimize the occurrence of bleaching-related external root resorption (Holmstrup et al. 1988, Rotstein et al. 1991, Weiger et al. 1994).
Sodium perborate is a white crystalline odourless powder and occurs in a variety of forms depending on the content of water of crystallization. Sodium perborate monohydrate (MH), trihydrate (TRH) and tetrahydrate (TH) are available. However, these commonly used terms do not reflect the real chemical structure of sodium perborate compounds. No water of crystallization is present in the case of the so called MH, whilst in TH six water molecules are connected to the sodium perborate ring (Weiger et al. 1994).
The aim of this study was to compare the in vitro bleaching efficacy of three different types of sodium perborate commonly used for intracoronal bleaching of discoloured non-vital teeth, mixed either with water or hydrogen peroxide.

Materials and methods.
Sixty-five human maxillary incisors with intact crowns were used. After extraction, all soft tissues and debris covering the root surfaces was removed with scalers and the teeth immersed in 5% sodium hypochlorite for 1 h. After this the teeth were stored in physiological saline. The root canal of each tooth was accessed and then enlarged using a step-back technique followed by obturation with gutta-percha and a root canal sealer (Grossman, Sultan– U/P, Englewood, NJ, USA) using lateral condensation. Coronally, the root canal filling was reduced and then covered with a 1-mm thick protective base (ZnPO4, Adhesor, Spofa Dental, Prague, Czech Republic) placed to a level, 1 mm apical to the buccal cemento–enamel junction. Any remnants of root filling or base material covering the walls of the access cavity were removed completely with a small carbide bur, followed by rinsing with 5% NaOCl and 17% EDTA. All teeth were stained with fresh red blood cells using a method similar to that described by Freccia & Peters (1982). Each tooth was placed in an individual plastic test tube containing 2 mm fresh human blood and then centrifuged at 10 000 r.p.m. for 30 min, three times a day. The blood was replaced each day and the discolouration procedure repeated for 18 consecutive days, until adequate discolouration was achieved in all teeth. The teeth were finally washed with distilled water and the crowns polished with a rubber cup and pumice.
The teeth were randomly divided into six experimental groups of 10 teeth each and a control group of five teeth (Table 1).

Table 1. Bleaching agents evaluated.

Bleaching agents evaluated

Table 2. Comparison of sodium perborate monohydrate, trihydrate and tetrahydrate.

Comparison of sodium perborate monohydrate, trihydrate and tetrahydrate

After removing the smear layer in the access opening with 17% EDTA and 5% NaOCl, identical volumes of one or other of the bleaching pastes were placed into the pulp chamber of each experimental tooth. The access cavities were sealed with Cavit (Espe, Seefeld, Germany). The teeth were then stored at 100% humidity and 37C. In the control group, a cotton pellet was inserted instead of a bleaching paste. The purpose of using the control group was to demonstrate the effectiveness of the artificial staining and to determine that bleaching on experimental groups was directly related to the experimental conditions.
As bleaching agents, sodium perborate mixed with 30% hydrogen peroxide or bidistilled water in a ratio of 2 g of powder to 1 mL of liquid was used. Sodium perborate was available as MH (Degussa, Hanau, Germany), TRH (Merck, Darmstadt, Germany) and TH (Degussa). The corresponding chemical formulas and some of the physicochemical data of MT, TRH and TH are listed in Table 2.
During the experiment, the pulp chamber was refilled with fresh bleaching paste at days 3, 7 and 14. The access cavities were sealed with Cavit. Throughout the procedure, the crowns of teeth were kept wet with gauze soaked with water.
Standardized colour images of the buccal aspect of all crowns were recorded on computer using a flat scanner (Mustec Pro, USA) at the same resolution and standard conditions before the discolouration procedure (baseline), immediately after artificial staining at days 7, 14 and 21. All the recorded images were first viewed on the screen and then comparatively evaluated. The shade of crowns was compared by the same examiner at identical periods to a Vita (Rauter GmbH & Co, Bad Söckingen, Germany) shade guide that was also recorded under the same conditions. A similarity was observed amongst the screen records and Vita shade records. During these subjective evaluations, bleaching efficacy was categorized from degrees 1–3 as listed below:
  • Degree 1: no or a slight bleaching.
  • Degree 2: a clearly visible bleaching.
  • Degree 3: a complete or nearly complete bleaching indicating that the discoloured tooth had returned to its original shade.
Statistical analysis was performed using the chi-squared test.