AF Blue R3 and AF One File review
I’ve previously used reciproc and reciproc blue and was quite happy with their performance, I’ve always liked how simple to use and economical they were compared to Protaper NEXT (which I use for most molar cases). Typically I’d use regular reciproc files for straight premolars and reciproc blue for curved premolars.
I became aware of the FANTA branded files because I’ve bought my endo handpieces through Tomident and follow them on Facebook, Tomident distribute FANTA files in Australia. I really like the endo handpieces from Tomident so I decided to give their files a go and asked for a sample.
The files come well presented in a hard plastic flip open box which are color coded to the different file types and have torque, speed and reciprocation settings. They are much neater, hard wearing and easier to organise than the blister packets that a lot of files come in. Whilst I prefer this I can see how some people would prefer the individual blister packets so they can open a single file at a time and maintain sterility (the option is still there to autoclave if need be).
The R3 files are reciprocating files, whilst trialling them I used them for curved premolars . They have a great soft feel and were easy to prebend. I found they handled small radius curved canals really well, essentially I found them to handle similar to Reciproc Blue files but were slightly more aggressive which I really liked. I had zero issues with unwinding which is a common problem with the softer heat treated files, I had zero file seperations and I found debris to move coronally really well.
The One files are rotary files, whilst trialling them I used them on straight premolars. They had a stiffer feel to them compared to the R3 files and have a funny flat edge running down one side of the file which I’ve never seen before. It’s difficult to compare these files to anything else I’ve used previously. They were extremely quick to get to length following creation of a glide path and using their orifice opener (a 19mm, 12% taper, #17 rotary). Given the stiffness of the files their was zero issues with unwinding, I had zero separations and once again debris move coronally really well (I think this is due to the flat edge design)
When it came to obturation both of these systems have a standard taper which means no matched GP points are required (which I really like). As is often the case with the softer heat treated files, when using the R3 files I found that I had to finish with a hand file to ensure my GP points got to length. When using the One files GP points got to length straight away and had nice tugback.
Ultimately I think I’ll be making a change once I’ve moved through my existing inventory of Reciproc and Reciproc Blue files. I enjoyed using these files, they were well packaged and presented, easy to use, gave great results and had zero complications. Whilst not a deciding factor the price point of the files is also very attractive.
Customer service from Tomident is top notch, the guys respond quickly to emails and messages (unlike myself) and they were more than happy to send out some samples for me (I’m sure they will for any other dentists too).
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