Fig. 1

How to manage canals in the molar teeth in an easy way? 

First of all we need to perform the preflaring stage with the „starter” file. We should reach aprox. 1/3 of the root canal length. Usually no more than 5mm. This will reduce the canal curvature, allow you to reach the apical area easier. Also the lenght of the canal should not reduce during the shaping procedure. After this procedure in straight canals we can establish the working length with the hand files and use G1 (20.04) and G2 (25.06) file for shaping procedure. In larger canals we can use the the G3 (35.04) file. Files G1, G2, G3 can be used in a single length technique. Mostly in canals with curvature smaller than 30 degree this technique will allow you to work in a simple and efficient way. 

Fig. 2

For more curved canals you can also use the hybrid technique which I like the most in molar cases. In this case after the Starter file you need to establish the glide path and the WL (or temporary working length). After this procedure you need tu use the G2 file and reach 1/2-2/3 of the WL - you can call this step a „deep flaring”. Than you should rinse the canal and establish the WL one more time. This stage in curved canals is mandatory. Also rotary glide path with files P1 and P2 can be useful. After this procedure you can use G1, G2 and G3 (if needed) in the single length technique.

Hybrid Shaping Techniqe in action. (video)

  1. Preflaring with Starter File 
  2. WL
  3. Deep Flaring with G2 file 
  4. Rotary Glide Path with P1 and P2 
  5. Single Length Shaping with G1, G2, G3


The crown-down technique is considered as the most efficient in the terms of debridement of the root canal space. However as a quite difficult technique many clinicians prefer to use single length technique. Because of the issue with WL determination in the curved canals, as in many molar teeth, the single length should be modified. In canals with small curvature (aprox. 30degree) the preflaring should be performed. In more curved canals also deep flaring procedure is very useful for preserving the apical constriction and avoiding procedural problems. 


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