SP-17 The Impact of Irrigation Strategy on Endodontic Outcome

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CE Hours: 1.0

Description: Root canal irrigation plays a key role in the removal the pulp tissue, contaminants, debris and microorganisms from the root canal system. Different adjunctive agitation techniques have been developed to help irrigating solutions penetrate the complexities of a root canal system. Passive ultrasonic irrigation, multisonic agitation (Gentlewave™), sonic activation (EndoActivator™), and apical negative pressure irrigation systems (EndoVac™) have been reported to be superior to conventional positive pressure needle irrigation in regards to smear layer removal, antimicrobial effect, and decreased post-operative pain. However, is there enough evidence to show these adjunctive agitation techniques actually improve the success of root canal treatment? Based on a review of the current literature and personal clinical experience, the potential advantages of the commonly used systems will be explored

    List commonly used adjunctive agitation irrigation techniques.
  • Evaluate the current best available evidence to support the use of specific adjunctive agitation irrigation techniques.
  • Choose the most appropriate adjunctive agitation techniques for root canal treatment.


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5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
1.00 CE credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CE credit  |  Certificate available

Qian Xie, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Qian Xie received her DDS and PhD in 2005 from Sichuan University, China. She completed her Endodontic training at University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry. Currently she is the director of undergraduate endodontics clinics, and assistant professor in the Endodontic department at College of Dentistry at UIC. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. Besides teaching and private practice, she focused her research on endodontic microbiology and irrigation. Her research work has been published in several leading professional journals.

Qian Xie, D.D.S., Ph.D.
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