Root canal treatment – irrigant activation techniques to remove smear layer and debris?

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Kenny Strain looks at this new review of in-vitro studies examining irrigant activation techniques during root canal treatment. The findings suggest improvemed removal of smear layer and debris. However the impact on clinical outcomes needs further investigation.

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EDTA conditioning improved cervical restoration retention


This trial involving 48 patients found that EDTA conditioning improved the retention of restoration in non-carious cervical lesions at 18 months.

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Gingival recession: root surface modifiers did not improve surgical outcomes


Six small randomised controlled trials were found for this review assessing the use of root surface modifiers to improve the outcome of gingival recession surgery. None of the agents evaluated were seen to be of benefit.

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