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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-27

Herbal extracts in endodontics

Department of Conservative and Endodontics, KSR Dental College, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India

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Nishan Abul
VP 1/1049, Perukavu P. O, Trivandrum, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/jiadsr.jiadsr_18_17

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Endodontic treatment involves removal of infected tissue and microorganisms from within the root canal to prevent further infection of the periradicular tissues and to aid in healing of these tissues. This critical process involves the use of some chemical substances for disinfection of the root canal space. Herbal products have been used since ancient times in folk medicine. Many plants with biological and antimicrobial properties have been studied since there has been a relevant increase in the incidence of antibiotic resistance and toxicity. In dentistry, phytomedicines have been used as anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant agents. In endodontics, trend of recent medicine to use biologic medication extracted from natural plants is seen because of the cytotoxic reactions of the most of the commercial intracanal medicaments and irrigants used and their inability to eliminate bacteria from dentinal tubules. This study gives a brief review of potential herbal extracts that can be applied in endodontics.

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