Endodontic Irrigation Solutions: A Review

Endodontic Irrigation Solutions


  • Celalettin Topbas Istanbul Aydin University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Endodontics, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Ozkan Adiguzel Dicle University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Endodontics, Diyarbakir, Turkey http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6089-3013




Irrigation solutions, chelators, sodium hypochlorite, smear layer, disinfection


The goal of endodontic treatment is to remove all the vital and necrotic tissues, microorganisms and microbial byproducts from root canal system. This goal can be achieved through chemical and mechanical debridement of root canals. This article narrates the specifics and requirements of the irrigation solutions. Sodium hypochlorite is proposed as the primary irrigant by virtue of its organic tissue dissolution capacity and broad antimicrobial properties. On the other hand, chelation solutions are recommended as auxiliary solutions to remove the smear layer or to hinder its formation on dentin surface. Thus, it's hoped that sealers and root canal fillers can penetrate to dentin tubules and obturate the canals hermetically. There are new studies on traditional irrigants especially on some irrigants that can replace sodium hypoclorite. This article reviews the new irrigants which can be used in future endodontic practice, and their advantages and limitations. Moreover, actions and interactions of recently used irrigants are adverted.


How to cite this article: Topbas C, Adiguzel O. Endodontic Irrigation Solutions: A Review. Int Dent Res 2017;7:54-61. 

Linguistic Revision: The English in this manuscript has been checked by at least two professional editors, both native speakers of English.


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Topbas, C., & Adiguzel, O. (2017). Endodontic Irrigation Solutions: A Review: Endodontic Irrigation Solutions. International Dental Research, 7(3), 54–61. https://doi.org/10.5577/intdentres.2017.vol7.no3.2
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