Interaction of backfilling techniques and MTA plugs with additives: Fracture strength and adaptation analyses

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YILMAZ Z., Eren S. K. , Uzunoglu E., GÖRDUYSUS M., Gorduysus M. Ö.

DENTAL MATERIALS JOURNAL, vol.36, no.6, pp.809-815, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.4012/dmj.2016-412
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.809-815
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The aims were to evaluate the effects of different additives on the adaptation of mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) plugs before and after different backfilling techniques and analyze the interference of filling procedures on the fracture resistance of simulated immature teeth. The apical parts of 60 teeth were filled with MTA mixed with distilled water (DW), propylene glycol (PG) or calcium chloride (CaCl2) and backfilled with cold lateral condensation (CLC) or warm vertical compaction (WVC). The specimens were subjected to adaptation analysis and fracture testing. CaCl2 addition resulted in poor marginal adaptation, while PG addition significantly decreased the fracture values (p<0.05). WVC technique negatively affected the marginal adaptation of MTA-CaCl2 plugs and decreased the fracture values of teeth with MTA-PG plugs (p<0.05). Mixing MTA with DW can be recommended as apical plug when the remaining root canal space is going to be filled with either CLC or WVC techniques.