ISSN: 0975-8798, 0976-156X
Madhusudhana Koppolu, Vinod Babu Mathew, Venugopal Thangala, Maddineni Kowmudi
Background: Allium sativum was known to possess antibacterial activity because of the presence of allic acid in its bulbs. Aim: To compare and evaluate the smear layer removal capacity of 3% NaOCl, 2% Allium sativum, 17% EDTA and saline. Methodology: Forty one extracted teeth were collected and the root canals were instrumented with protaper till F3 size. During root canal preparation, irrigations were made with the different solutions being evaluated and the roots were cut in the buccolingual direction for SEM analysis, to ascertain the presence or absence of smear layer and debris. Statistical analysis: Pearson’s chi-square test and fisher exact test were used. Results: In the coronal and middle thirds, Group I produced a synergistic effect, resulting in effective removal of the entire smear layer. Group II has good smear layer removal also. Conclusion: Allium sativum does have an effect on the removal of smear layer when used as endodontic irrigant.
Published Date: 2012-09-30;