Evaluation of the Self-Adjusting File system (SAF) for the instrumentation of primary molar root canals: a micro-computed tomographic study

Kaya E., Elbay M., Yiğit D.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRIC DENTISTRY, vol.18, pp.105-110, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.23804/ejpd.2017.18.02.04
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.105-110
  • Keywords: Dentin amount, Instrumentation, Primary teeth, Root canal, Self-Adjusting File system (SAF), PRIMARY TEETH, EX-VIVO, ROTARY
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


Aim The Self-Adjusting File (SAF) system has been recommended for use in permanent teeth since it offers more conservative and effective root-canal preparation when compared to traditional rotary systems. However, no study had evaluated the usage of SAF in primary teeth. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the use of SAF, K file (manual instrumentation) and Profile (traditional rotary instrumentation) systems for primary-tooth root-canal preparation in terms of instrumentation time and amounts of dentin removed using micro-computed tomography (mu CT) technology.