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Today we will explain one of the most important aspects in endodontics: the obturation process. It is undoubtedly one of the keys to the success of any endodontic treatment.
What is the obturation process?
Obturation of a tooth involves filling the canal with specific materials after removing the pulp. To obturate successfully, it is essential to fill them uniformly to prevent reinfection.
The goal is to eliminate leaks from the oral cavity or periapical tissues and seal all irritating agents that cannot be completely removed within the system.
The most popular material for canal obturation is gutta-percha. The uniqueness of this material is that it can be applied cold as a solid mass or hot, becoming flexible, sticky, and capable of flowing under high pressure. Thanks to these properties, it is the ideal material for filling narrow and delicate dental canals.
There are countless techniques for tackling root canal obturation. Some of the most popular ones are listed below:
The most comprehensive obturation systems on the market
Next, we will mention three of the most comprehensive obturation systems on the market. They combine vertical and thermoplastic condensation techniques to offer specialists a system capable of addressing all types of obturations in the most complex canals.
It is a system composed of 2 pieces:
The Z-Down + Z-Up system by Zarc consists of 2 pieces:
It also has a temperature range from 90 to 250°C and, like Z-Down, can memorize up to 5 customizable programs. This piece is equipped with a display to adjust temperature and exclusion speed, as well as an indicator of the remaining gutta-percha level. It can be used while charging.
Gutta-Smart is Dentsply Sirona's latest vertical and thermoplastic obturation system. It is a completely wireless system with a long-lasting battery.
It offers ergonomic design to facilitate the dentist's work. The 2 handpieces that make up the system have a 360° activation ring, making it a very comfortable and easy-to-use system. It comes with an indicator of the remaining gutta-percha level, providing the endodontist with all the necessary information at all times.
Temperature, volume, and flow can be adjusted on its charging base.
Working with a high-quality system is crucial in achieving truly effective results for the patient. Any error in the process can have significant consequences for the patient's oral health, so it is essential to carry out safe and long-lasting treatments with the most advanced and trusted equipment.
The latest obturation technology allows:
- Preventing leaks due to increased gutta-percha density.
- Improving the filling of lateral canals due to the greater flow of the hot material.
- Improving adaptation to the original dentin of the canal.
- Being less aggressive to the anatomy of the root canal.
- Increasing efficiency compared to traditional lateral condensation systems.
- Performing easier and faster treatments.
Welcome to the future of endodontics!