Cyprus Journal of Medical Sciences
Original Article

Evaluation of Methods for Determining Working Length in Root Canal Treatment for Primary Molars: An In-Vivo Study

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Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Eskişehir Osmangazi University Faculty of Dentistry, Eskişehir, Turkey

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Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Naci Yazgan University Faculty of Dentistry, Kayseri, Turkey

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Private Practice, Pediatric Dentistry, Kocaeli, Turkey

Cyprus J Med Sci 2021; 6: 141-145
DOI: 10.5152/cjms.2021.3254
Read: 27 Downloads: 19 Published: 24 May 2021

Background/Aims: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of tactile sensation, digital periapical radiography and two varieties of electronic apex locators as methods of determining working length in root canal treatment for primary molars. 

Material and Methods: This study analysed 30 infected mandibular primary second molar teeth in 12 children aged 5 to 8 years. Working length was determined for each tooth using the tactile sensation, digital radiography, the ProPex Pixi® and Ipex® apex locators separately. 

Results: The mean root canal measurements taken using tactile sensation, Ipex®, radiography and Propex Pixi® were 11.02±2.05 mm, 9.47±1.71 mm, 9.73±1.57 mm and 8.85±1.58 mm, respectively. The radiographic method yielded results that were similar to those derived with the apex locators but differed from the measurements obtained via tactile sensation.

Conclusion: Electronic apex locators can be used to safely determine working length in root canal treatment for primary molars.

Cite this article as: C alıskan S, Delikan E, Cantekin K. Evaluation of Methods for Determining Working Length in Root Canal Treatment for Primary Molars: An In-Vivo Study. Cyprus J Med Sci 2021; 6(2): 141-145.

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