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This study intended to help practitioners selecting the appropriate motion according to their level of expertise for glide path and complete root canal preparation of curved canals in terms of instrument fracture and preparation time. A total of 160 curved root canals (angle >30°, radius <6 mm) were allocated randomly to 4 groups: A/B for expert operators and C/D for nonexpert operators. A/C were shaped with rotary and B/D with reciprocating instruments. Preparation time was registered and compared with Kruskal-Wallis non-parametric test and Dunn's post hoc test. Instrument separation was also registered and compared with chi-square test. A fractographic analysis was performed with scanning electron microscopy. The use of reciprocation motions allowed nonexpert operators to avoid instrument breakage during glide path and to prepare root canals faster. Experts were equally effective in rotary/reciprocating root canal shaping and faster with rotary motions than nonexpert operators, who also fractured significantly more rotary instruments. © 2021 Australian Society of Endodontology Inc.


Ana Belén Dablanca-Blanco, Ana Arias, María José Ginzo-Villamayor, María Consuelo Pérez, Pablo Castelo-Baz, Benjamín Martín-Biedma. Influence of operator expertise on glide path and root canal preparation of curved root canals with rotary and reciprocating motions. Australian endodontic journal : the journal of the Australian Society of Endodontology Inc. 2022 Apr;48(1):37-43

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