Research Article
Volume 19 Issue 4 - 2020
Endodontic Irrigation Trends among Dental Practitioners in Karachi
Huma Sarwar1, Wasif Iqbal2, Meshal M Naeem3, Abdur Rehman4*, Summaiya Shabbir5, Khadija Warraich6 and Hina Imran7
1Lecturer Operative Dentistry, Dr. Ishrat-Ul- Ebad Khan Institute of Oral Health Sciences, Dow University, Karachi, Pakistan
2Vice Principal and Associate Professor, Science of Dental Material Department, Sindh Institute of Oral Health Sciences, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan
3Lecturer Periodontology Department, Dr. Ishrat-Ul- Ebad Khan Institute of Oral Health Sciences, Dow University, Karachi, Pakistan
4Associate Professor, Science of Dental Material Department, Hamdard University Dental Hospital, Hamdard University, Karachi, Pakistan
5MSc Trainee Periodontology Department, Dr. Ishrat-Ul-Ebad Khan Institute of Oral Health Sciences, Dow University, Karachi, Pakistan
6FCPS Trainee Operative Dentistry Department, Dr. Ishrat-Ul-Ebad Khan Institute of Oral Health Sciences, Dow University, Karachi, Pakistan
7Pharmaceutical Research Centre PCSIR Laboratories Complex, Karachi, Pakistan
*Corresponding Author: Abdur Rehman, Associate Professor, Science of Dental Material Department, Hamdard University Dental Hospital, Hamdard University, Karachi, Pakistan.
Received: February 10, 2020; Published: March 18, 2020


The purpose of the study was to determine current trends in endodontic irrigation among dental practitioners in Karachi working in teaching dental institutes and private dental clinics. In this cross-sectional study, 230 self- prepared questionnaires were hand distributed to different dental clinics and teaching dental institutes of Karachi. Practitioners not willing to participate and incompletely filled questionnaire were excluded from the study. Survey practitioners were asked about preferred endodontic irrigation solution, its percentage, total time spent on endodontic irrigation, preferred method for irrigation and use of adjuncts to irrigation. SPSS version 21 was used for the calculation of frequency and percentage. Total 230 survey forms were distributed, 190 were received with total response rate of 82.7%. Most of the participants preferred using 0.5% to 1.5% sodium hypochlorite for irrigation purpose (26%). Majority of the participants spend up to 5 minutes on irrigation and 90% of the respondents prefer needle irrigation. Most of the participants use open ended beveled type of irrigation needle (63%) and 27-gauge irrigation needle is mostly preferred by the participants (32%). Majority of the participants preferred keeping irrigation needle 2 - 3 mm short of the working length (34%). 88% of the participants claimed that they have never experienced sodium hypochlorite extrusion accident. 84% of the respondents don’t use any adjunct to endodontic irrigation. Most of the dental practitioners of Karachi do not follow optimal endodontic irrigation protocol. Measures should be taken to spread the awareness especially among the private practitioners to improve the overall quality of endodontic therapy.

Keywords: Irrigation Methods; Irrigation Solutions; Endodontics and Current Trends


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Citation: Abdur Rehman., et al. “Endodontic Irrigation Trends among Dental Practitioners in Karachi”. EC Dental Science 19.4 (2020): 68-73.

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