Comparison of a continuous ultrasonic irrigation device and conventional needle irrigation in the removal of root canal debris

Tyson O. Curtis, Christine M. Sedgley

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Introduction: The purpose of this in vitro study was to compare a continuous ultrasonic irrigation device (VPro StreamClean System [VSS], Vista Dental Products, Racine, WI) with conventional needle irrigation when used as a final irrigation procedure to debride the apical region of the root canal. The null hypothesis that there is no difference was tested. Methods: Root canals of matched pairs (N = 20) of extracted human teeth were prepared to an apical size of 36/.04 using Profile series 29/.04 rotary files (Dentsply Tulsa Dental, Tulsa, OK) with 6% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) irrigation. One tooth of each pair was randomly assigned to receive final irrigation with either VSS or conventional needle irrigation. The gauge of the needle (#30), the irrigation cycles (ie, 5 mL NaOCl, 5 mL 15% EDTA, and 5 mL NaOCl), the irrigant flow rate (5 mL/min), and needle depth placement (1 mm from the working length [WL]) were experimental constants. Serial sections were obtained at 1 and 3 mm from the WL, stained with hematoxylin-eosin, and viewed at 100× magnification for the presence of debris. The percentage of debris in the canal lumen after VSS or conventional needle irrigation was compared by using the Wilcoxon matched pairs test. Results: There was significantly less debris in the VSS group compared with the conventional needle irrigation group at the 1-mm level (1.50% [VSS] vs 9.90% [conventional needle irrigation], P =.0001) and the 3-mm level (0.45% [VSS] vs 5.16% [conventional needle irrigation], P =.0014). The null hypothesis was rejected. Conclusions: Final irrigation with the VSS compared with conventional needle irrigation delivery resulted in significantly less debris present in root canals at 1 and 3 mm from the WL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1261-1264
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of endodontics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012


  • Apical
  • debris
  • irrigation
  • root canal
  • ultrasonic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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