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Microbiologic Evaluation of Cotton and Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Tape as Endodontic Spacer Materials in Primary Molars An in Vivo Study

  • Attiguppe Ramasetty Prabhakar1
  • Kratika Dixit1,*,
  • Raju OS1

1Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka

DOI: 10.17796/1053-4628-42.1.4 Vol.42,Issue 1,January 2018 pp.21-26

Published: 01 January 2018

*Corresponding Author(s): Kratika Dixit E-mail:


Objective: PTFE tape, which is commonly used as plumber's tape is an inorganic, non-fibrous, ribbon like material. The aim of this study was to evaluate PTFE tape as endodontic spacer material and to compare it with commonly used spacer material that is cotton, in primary teeth. Study Design: Seventeen children undergoing pulpectomy of lower second primary molar bilaterally were included in the study. Cotton and PTFE tape were placed as spacers on each side randomly. Samples were taken from the access cavity at baseline and after seven days to check for microbial leakage. Spacer materials were also checked for microbial contamination. Results: The results revealed that there was a significant increase in the bacterial colony count after seven days in cotton group. The access cavities were also positive for microbial leakage in the cotton group where the spacers showed positive growth. In PTFE group only two samples showed microbial contamination of spacer and out of two only one sample showed contamination of access cavity along with spacer. Conclusion: Within the limitations of this study, it can be concluded that PTFE tape performed better than cotton as endodontic spacer material. Thus, PTFE tape can be recommended as an endodontic spacer material as an alternative to cotton in primary teeth.


Endodontic spacer, PTFE tape, temporary restoration, Primary teeth, Pulpectomy, Microbial leakage

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Attiguppe Ramasetty Prabhakar,Kratika Dixit,Raju OS. Microbiologic Evaluation of Cotton and Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Tape as Endodontic Spacer Materials in Primary Molars An in Vivo Study. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2018. 42(1);21-26.


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