Journal d'odontologie

Journal d'odontologie
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Citric Acid: An Alternative for the Removal of Root Canal Filling Materials

Catalina Méndez-De-La-Espriella, Adriana Rodríguez-Ciodaro*, Alejandra Moreno-Sarmiento, Daniela Mendieta-Flores, Diana Yori-Roa, James Leo Gutmann, Marco Antonio Hungaro-Duarte, Jenny Guerrero-Ferreccio, Juan Carlos Salcedo-Reyes, Henry Alberto Méndez-Pinzón

Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the potential of a smear-layer removing agent (citric acid) vs an accepted gutta-percha-softening agent (xylol) as an alternative substance for removing the root canal filling materials, while investigating the potential for associated demineralization effects.

Materials and methods: Seventy healthy, recently extracted premolars were used, ten as control, with sixty with their canals enlarged, shaped and cleaned and obturated using lateral compaction. Teeth were distributed into 3 groups as follows: 1) no solvent and mechanical removal of the filling materials; 2) 1 ml of Xylol for 1 minute followed by mechanical removal; and 3) 10% citric acid for 1 minute followed by mechanical removal. Two sections of the root were used, one for Raman spectroscopy analysis to evaluate morphological changes in dentine surface and the other for micro-hardness testing (Vickers).

Results: The use of 10% citric acid in in the removal of gutta-percha and sealer was more effective than the xylol and mechanical group (p<0.05), presented less remnants of filling material debris and with non-observable demineralizing effects.

Clinical relevance: This research showed how citric acid can be used as an alternative in endodontic retreatment, how efficiently removed the filling material without damaging the dental tissue.

Conclusion: Citric acid might be considered as a viable alternative in the removal of gutta-percha and sealer during root canal retreatment.