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Year : 1989  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31-35

An in vivo evaluation of antibacterial effect of irrigating solutions in endodontics


1 Senior lecturer, (Deptt. of Microbiology and operative Dentistry, King George's Medical College, Lucknow, India
2 Senior Demonstrator, (Deptt. of Microbiology and operative Dentistry, King George's Medical College, Lucknow, India
3 Prof. & Headl, (Deptt. of Microbiology and operative Dentistry, King George's Medical College, Lucknow, India
4 Reader, (Deptt. of Microbiology and operative Dentistry, King George's Medical College, Lucknow, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0970-7212.347126

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The antibacterial effect of 5% NaOCl and, 15% EDTA, singly and in combination with normal saline as control was studied in 20 maxillary central incisors. Each tooth was treated at five appointments and the bacteria present in the root canals were studied at each appointment. It was observed that 5% NaOCl, combination of 5% NaOCl and 15% EDTA and normal saline were all 80% effective (4 out of 5 cases in each group became sterile) in reduction of bacterial colonies from the root canals. However, considering the economy, easy availability and relative safety of normal saline, it alone can be a suitable irrigating solution for achieving considerable reduction in bacteria from root canals.


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