I used to think of gutta-percha as being a small part of the endodontic procedure. However, after the more root canals I’ve completed, I realized how important good-fitting gutta-percha is to making the procedure seamless.
After cleaning and shaping, I want gutta-percha to have a good tug back, and then I take a master cone radiograph. Many times, I notice it slips past the apex or pigtails short of the apex. This alerts me to a poor fit and possible underprepared canals, leading to tooth failure down the road. Most gutta-percha is hand-rolled, which allows for inconsistencies from point to point. Sometimes, even within the same box, no two points will be the same.
Enter Conform Fit, the injected-molded gutta-percha. With this manufacturing technique, there is precision in each point. The best part, their points are manufactured to match the last files you used in the tooth. For example, if you shape and then finish your canals with ProTaper Gold F2 (red), there is a matching gutta-percha for that exact file, and it fits every time! This reduces the time it takes to find the correct gutta-percha size, radiographs and increases your chances of finishing a case in one visit.
Lastly, the micronized gutta-percha allows for transfer of heat up to 4 mm, which helps create a thermoplastic environment in the apical third with obturation material.
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