Alpha Omegan. 2011 Spring; 104(1-2):36-44.
3D cleaning, shaping and obturation of root canals has always been the desired goal of endodontic treatment which in many cases is difficult to attain. The introduction of NiTi rotary files made a major change in endodontic practice, making treatment easier, safer and faster. Nevertheless, after 16 years of intensive development, most of these instruments still share several drawbacks, the major one being the inability to three-dimensionally clean and shape oval root canals. The Self-Adjusting File (SAF) System was designed to overcome many of the current drawbacks of rotary file systems. It is based on a hollow, highly compressible file that adapts itself three-dimensionally to the shape of a given root canal, including its cross section. The file is operated with vibratory in-and-out motion, with continuous irrigation delivered by a peristaltic pump through the hollow file. A uniform layer of dentin is removed from the whole circumference of the root canal, thus achieving the main goals of root canal treatment while preserving the remaining root dentin. The 3D scrubbing effect of the file, combined with the always fresh irrigant, result in unprecedentedly clean canals which facilitate in turn better obturation. More effective disinfection of flat-oval root canals is another goal which is simultaneously attained. The safety of the root-canal treatment is also greatly enhanced by the high mechanical stability of the SAF and by using a new concept of no-pressure irrigation. The SAF System gets the operator much closer to the long-desired goal of 3D root-canal treatment.