Irrigation – how should I irrigate? Part 1: properties and delivery of irrigants

This two part post looks at the irrigation of root canal systems. I’ll start in this post with the ‘why’ and then in the next post move on to the ‘how’ of irrigation, concentrating the practicalities of the clinical implementation of effective irrigation in general dental practice. So, part 1 deals with the why of irrigation, properties of irrigants and delivery of irrigants into the root canal. Part 2 will discuss irrigant activation and recommended irrigant protocols. First, why irrigation? Pulpal and endodontic disease are caused by microbial infection of the canal system (Kakehashi et al 1965). Root canals may be infected by a variety of microrganisms cocci,…

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Definition of Endo|Gen Endo|Gen  /’ɛndəʊ’dʒɛn/ n.  A blog providing up-to-date and practical information addressing the wide variety of problems encountered by dentists in their practice of endodontics, whilst respecting the need to integrate it with the evidence-base that underpins high quality root canal treatment.  [alt. of Endodontic|Knowledge] What is the background to Endo|Gen? The chances are you qualified with minimal knowledge of, or experience in, root canal treatment (RCT) and, with this basic understanding, you were expected to just get on with it. Perhaps you sought the advice of other dentists in your practice, but later discovered that the usefulness of their advice was limited by them doing what…

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