Endodontic 'Solutions'. Part 2: An audit comparing current practice in Belfast with UK and Republic of Ireland Dental Schools

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Endodontic lubricants, irrigating solutions and medicaments help reduce the microbial load within root canals. Primary and secondary cases involve different microbes. Each'solution'or combinations thereof could play a significant role but no detailed guidelines exist on their use. An audit was undertaken to compare current practice in Belfast Dental School to the others across the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI). This audit highlighted three main differences between Belfast and other dental schools. Many other institutions utilized other irrigants besides sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), different intracanal medicaments, including calcium hydroxide, and higher concentrations of NaOCl. Having gathered this information, we ask, 'Is there sufficient evidence to change the endodontic regime currently used at Belfast Dental School?'. Using the findings from the literature review (Part 1), we introduce new evidence-based protocols for primary and secondary cases for use in Belfast Dental School. Clinical Relevance: In the absence of detailed clinical guidelines on the use of endodontic lubricants, irrigants and medicaments in primary and secondary cases, it is important to be aware of current practice in UK and ROI dental schools where dentists and specialists are trained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-8, 330-2
JournalDental Update
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local
  • Calcium Hydroxide
  • Chelating Agents
  • Chlorhexidine
  • Citric Acid
  • Dental Audit
  • Dentist's Practice Patterns
  • Edetic Acid
  • Evidence-Based Dentistry
  • Great Britain
  • Humans
  • Ireland
  • Lubricants
  • Northern Ireland
  • Povidone-Iodine
  • Retreatment
  • Root Canal Irrigants
  • Root Canal Preparation
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Schools, Dental
  • Sodium Hypochlorite


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