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Title: Antimicrobial activity and flow rate of newer and established root canal sealers
Authors: Siqueira Junior, José F.
Favieri, Amauri
Gahyva, Sérgio M. M.
Moraes, Saulo R.
Lima, Kenio Costa de
Lopes, Hélio P.
Keywords: Anti-Infective agents
Issue Date: 2000
Citation: SIQUEIRA JUNIOR, José F. et al. Antimicrobial activity and flow rate of newer and established root canal sealers. Journal of Endodontics , Dinamarca, v. 26, n.5, p. 274-277, 2000.
Portuguese Abstract: Endodontic sealers that possess both optimum flow ability and antimicrobial properties may theoretically assist in the elimination of microorganisms located in confined areas of the root canal system. The antimicrobial effects and the flow rate of the following sealers were investigated and compared: Kerr Pulp Canal Sealer EWT, Grossman's Sealer, ThermaSeal, Sealer 26, AH Plus, and Sealer Plus. The agar diffusion test was used to assess the antimicrobial activity of the sealers. In the flow assay, the sealers were placed between two glass slabs and a weight of 500 g was placed on the top of the glass. The diameters of the formed discs were recorded. All root canal sealers tested showed some antimicrobial activity against most of the microorganisms. There were no significant differences between the materials tested (p > 0.05). All root canal sealers also flowed under the conditions of this study. Statistical analysis of the results revealed that AH Plus and Kerr Pulp Canal Sealer EWT had flow values significantly superior to the other sealers tested (p > 0.05). Taken together, these findings suggest that these sealers have the potential to help in the microbial control in the root canal system.
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