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ENDO - Endodontic Practice Today

Edited by Bun San Chong and Edgar Schäfer

Official Publication of the Belgian Association for Endodontology and Traumatology (BAET) and the French Society of Endodontics (SFE)

ISSN (print) 1753-2809 • ISSN (online) 1753-2817


Summer 2019
Volume 13 , Issue 2

Pages: 131–146
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Irrigating solutions in root canal treatment

María Teresa Arias-Moliz, Matilde Ruiz-Linares, Carmen María Ferrer-Luque

The main goal of chemomechanical preparation is to remove microorganisms, pulp tissue remnants and dentine debris from the root canal system. Irrigation plays a major role in the cleaning and disinfection of the root canal. A large number of chemical compounds have been suggested over the years for use as irrigants during root canal treatment. At the moment there is no single irrigant that can satisfy all of these requirements, so a combination of irrigants is frequently used during treatment while seeking a balance between efficacy and safety. However, the need to use more than one solution also brings additional challenges because they may interact with each other inside the root canal. The aim of this article is to provide a critical review of the current evidence on the properties of the root canal irrigants, focusing particularly on those that are most widely used.

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