Comparison of the rheological properties of four root canal sealers


The flowability of a root canal sealer is clinically important because it improves the penetration of the sealer into the complex root canal system. The purpose of this study was to compare the flowabilities of four root canal sealers, measured using the simple press method (ISO 6876), and their viscosities, measured using a strain-controlled rheometer. A newly developed, calcium phosphate-based root canal sealer (Capseal) and three commercial root canal sealers (AH Plus, Sealapex and Pulp Canal Sealer EWT) were used in this study. The flowabilities of the four root canal sealers were measured using the simple press method (n=5) and their viscosities were measured using a strain-controlled rheometer (n=5). The correlation between these two values was statistically analysed using Spearman's correlation test. The flow diameters and the viscosities of the root canal sealers were strongly negatively correlated (ρ=−0.8618). The viscosity of Pulp Canal Sealer EWT was the lowest and increased in the following order: AH Plus<Sealapex<Capseal (P<0.05). All of the tested root canal sealers showed characteristic time- and temperature-dependent changes in their rheological properties. The viscosities measured using the strain-controlled rheometer were more precise than the flowabilities measured using the simple press method, suggesting that the rheometer can accurately measure the rheological properties of root canal sealers.

DOI: 10.1038/ijos.2014.33

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@article{Chang2015ComparisonOT, title={Comparison of the rheological properties of four root canal sealers}, author={Seok Woo Chang and Young-Kyu Lee and Qiang Zhu and Won Jun Shon and Woo Cheol Lee and Kee Yeon Kum and Seung Ho Baek and In-bog Lee and Bum-Soon Lim and Kwang Shik Bae}, journal={International Journal of Oral Science}, year={2015}, volume={7}, pages={56-61} }