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Thimmegowda U, Thomas J. Comparison of Novel NaviTip Obturating Technique with Lentulospiral and Endodontic Plugger Techniques in Primary Teeth: A Randomized Clinical Trial. J South Asian Assoc Pediatr Dent 2021; 4 (2):104-111.
Aim and objective: The present study aims to compare the novel obturation technique, the NaviTip with that of lentulospiral and endodontic plugger techniques by using a phosphor imaging plate system, and a vista scan image plate scanner.
Materials and methods: Sixty children with deep dentinal caries involving pulp between 4 years and 10 years were selected. They were allocated to group I (Lentulospiral), group II (Endodontic Plugger), and group III (NaviTip). In all groups, access opening was prepared and thus prepared canals in respective group patients were filled with slow-setting pure zinc oxide eugenol (ZOE) with different methods. The Vista Scan Mini image plate scanner was used to take the image of the obturation. After the plate is exposed, it was laser scanned, the image was digitized and displayed on the computer. The success of obturation was evaluated by the modified Coll and Sadrian criteria. Data were collected and were statistically analyzed using the Chi-square test, Kruskal–Wallis test followed by Mann–Whitney post hoc analysis.
Results: The overall more optimal filling was seen in group III (NaviTip) with 90% followed by group I (Lentulospiral) with 65% and group II (Endodontic Plugger) with (40%) and it is statistically significant (p > 0.05). In comparison, group III (NaviTip) showed comparable results in the mean number of voids when compared with group I (Lentulospiral) and group II (Endodontic Plugger).
Conclusion: The NaviTip, followed by the lentulospiral, provided the best obturation of the root canals of primary molars, which suggests that NaviTip can be recommended as an alternative to other conventional obturation techniques.
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