Influence of Glide Path Preparation on WaveOne Gold Canal Shaping Times

Influence of Glide Path Preparation on the Canal Shaping Times of WaveOne Gold in Curved Mandibular Molar Canals

​Martin Vorster, BChD, Peet J. van der Vyver, BChD, MSc, Farzana Paleker, BChD, MSc Department of Odontology, School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


The aim of this study was to compare the glide path preparation times of stainless steel hand files, PathFiles (Dentsply Sirona, Ballaigues, Switzerland), and the WaveOne Gold Glider (Dentsply Sirona). The preparation times for final root canal shaping with the Primary WaveOne Gold instrument in extracted human molar teeth with and without prior glide path preparation were also recorded and compared.


Preparation time with the Primary WaveOne Gold file was statistically significantly reduced when the file was used in combination with any of the glide path preparation techniques. The WaveOne Gold Glider performed statistically significantly faster in glide path preparation time than the other glide path preparation techniques.

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