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Article: Volume 43 Number 1 Page 20 - January/February 2016

  Dent Update 2016; 43: 20-33  Read article

Endodontics:  Modern Endodontic Principles Part 4: Irrigation

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Abstract: The complex anatomy of the tooth limits the ability to eradicate pathogens by mechanical means alone. Irrigation is the key to solving this problem. This paper highlights the importance of irrigation, the key irrigants available and methods of improving the performance of irrigants within the canal.

Clinical relevance: To provide advice on which irrigants to use, how to use them effectively and safely and what to do if irrigants are extruded beyond the apex.

Author notes: James Darcey, BDS, MSc, MDPH, MFGDP, MEndo, FDS Rest Dent, Consultant and Honorary Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, University Dental Hospital of Manchester, Sarra Jawad, BDS, BSc, MFDS, Specialty Registrar/Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, University Dental Hospital of Manchester, Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester M15 6FH, Carly Taylor, BDS, MSc, MFGDP FHEA, Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Specialty Registrar in Restorative Dentistry, Dental School, University of Manchester, Reza Vahid Roudsari, DDS, MFDS, MSc, PGCert(OMFS), Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Specialty Registrar in Restorative Dentistry, Dental School, University of Manchester and Mark Hunter, BDS, MSc, Registered Endodontic Specialist, simplyendo, Altrincham, Postgraduate Clinical Teaching Fellow, Dental School, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK.

Objective: To advise on how to disinfect the root canal space more predictably and safely.

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