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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-21

Effectiveness of calcium hydroxide plus points and chlorhexidine activ points against Enterococcus faecalis by agar diffusion test: An in-vitro study

1 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Sree Balaji Dental College & Hospital, Narayanapuram, India
2 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, SRM Dental College, Chennai, India
3 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Sri Venkateshwara Dental College, Chennai, India
4 Dr. Ajit's Dental and Medical Centre, Angamaly, Cochin, Kerala, India
5 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Chennai, India

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Venkatesh Alagarsamy
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospital, Narayanapuram, Chennai
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2321-4619.111228

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Aims/Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate the antimicrobial effectiveness of two intracanal medicaments and their combination against Enterococcus faecalis, which are commonly found in root canals. Materials and Methods: In this study, the antimicrobial effect of chlorhexidine activ points, calcium hydroxide plus points and combination of both points after 1 st day, 2 nd day, 3 rd day, 7 th day, and 14 th day were evaluated using agar diffusion test. Anti-bacterial activity as evidenced by inhibitory zones of clearance around the medicament was observed and diameters (in mm) measured. Results: Chlorhexidine activ points show the maximum inhibition against E. faecalis calcium hydroxide points alone and when combined with chlorhexidine shows the minimal antibacterial efficacy. Conclusion: Chlorhexidine activ points obtained the highest antimicrobial activity compared with other medicament and can be the medicament of choice.

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