Aix-Marseille University, France
Prof. Bukiet graduated from Aix-Marseille University in 1998. He obtained his Master's Degree and started a private practice limited to Endodontics in Marseille. Prof. Bukiet works presently full-time as teacher, researcher and hospital clinician at Aix-Marseille University. His research activity allowed him to earn his PhD in 2014 at the University of Montpellier then his accreditation to supervise research at Aix Marseille University.
Frédéric Bukiet is currently the Head of Department of Endodontics at Aix-Marseille University. He is also director of the Postgraduate Endodontic Program with Dr Ludovic Pommel. He has published numerous papers in national and international journals and given around 150 lectures worldwide.
He was a certified member and board member of the French Endodontic society. He is currently a guest member of the European Society of Endodontology and a member and the secretary of the French College of Teachers in Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics. He is moderator of the online endodontic educational forum Endolit and member of the clinical advisory board. He serves as a peer reviewer for different journals (Clinical Oral Investigations, European Endodontic Journal, European Journal of Dental Education, Scanning) and is also Associate Editor of the European Endodontic Journal.
Several obturation techniques combining gutta-percha and a root canal sealer have been used to seal the root canal space including the single cone technique. This technique relies primarily on one gutta-percha cone and more emphasis is placed on the sealer which functions as a root canal filler. Among the available root filling techniques, single cone technique is often considered to be less technique-sensitive as well as cost-effective. However, a higher sealer volume inside the root canal space may negatively influence the seal as most available sealers tend to shrink upon setting. As a result, SCT combined with conventional sealers was deemed inappropriate, and it was recommended to maximize the gutta percha volume and minimize the sealer thickness. Recently, hydraulic calcium silicate-based sealers, also known as bioceramic root canal sealers, have been introduced. These sealers have good flowability and antimicrobial properties. The material itself is also hydrophilic, thus it can expand when contacting moisture, form a hydroxyapatite, and bond to dentin resulting in better sealing. Due to these improved properties, bioceramic root canal sealers have been recommended by the manufacturers to be incorporated in root canal obturation using a single cone technique. Given the increasing bioceramic root canal sealers release into the market, this lecture aims to examine the current knowledge and the clinical application of these materials for obturation of the root canal space.
In the past 10 years, considerable technological evolutions have been proposed to enhance root canal treatment quality, to make the latter less operator dependent and more reproducible. The goal of this lecture is to provide a critical overview of the following developments: