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k files vs hedstorm

Discussion in 'Dental' started by believer88, Apr 21, 2010.

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  1. believer88

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    hey everyone

    this q is for those who have experience in endo. do you recommend using h files or k files for step back technique? i have been told h file is more effective in removing the debris. what do you think? thanx!
  2. OceanDMD

    OceanDMD Rather be fishing

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    Hedstrom files cut in an up down motion(on the up stroke), very aggressively. I wouldn't recommend using them in the apical 3rd, they will transport and rip the apical foramen in a heartbeat. Personally, Im using only k files to get a nice glide path, and then go right to rotary. K files have memory (flexible) unlike Hedstroms which bend. K files are used in a watch winding motion.

    Hedstroms work well when retreating to remove gutta percha, or carriers, and also if you need to channel around something. Probably want to leave most of that up to the specialists.
  3. believer88

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    can i start out w/ h files then move on to k when in the apical 3rd? i use k files in circumferential filing way. since im still a student, we are not allowed to use rotary files yet.
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    OceanDMD Rather be fishing

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    I don see why not, but ask your instructor. If you f something up, I wouldn't want you blaming some dentist you dont know.

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