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Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences
Piracicaba Dental School - UNICAMP
EISSN: 1677-3225
Vol. 14, No. 1, 2015, pp. 52-59
Bioline Code: os15011
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2015, pp. 52-59

 en A finite element study on the mechanical behavior of reciprocating endodontic files
El-Anwar, Mohamed I.; Mandorah, Ayman O.; Yousief, Salah A.; Soliman, Tarek A. & El-Wahab, Tarek M. Abd


Aim: To evaluate the mechanical behavior of reciprocating endodontic files, comparing nickeltitanium (NiTi) and stainless steel 316L (St.St. 316L) as manufacturing material for such instruments. Methods: A three-dimensional finite element model was designed for this study. The simplified instrument model geometry was created on commercial CAD/CAM software. Real strain stress curves of St.St. 316L and NiTi were used in the analysis. Non-linear static analysis was performed to simulate the instrument inside root canal at an angle of 45° in the apical portion, and subjected to torsion of 0.3 Results: Non-linear NiTi material showed super elasticity and high functionality in such applications. Very high levels of stress appeared in the file at 3 mm from the tip close to yield point. Conclusions: St. St. 316L is not suitable for manufacturing reciprocating instruments. Modeling of the instrument with equivalent circular cross-sectional area did not affect results quality. Reciprocating instruments have short lifespan, thus manufacturers recommend using one file per tooth. Reciprocating instruments are recommended for less experienced dentist.

endodontics; stainless steel; nickel; titanium

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