Time-dependent effects of EDTA on dentin structures

Calt S., Serper A.

JOURNAL OF ENDODONTICS, cilt.28, ss.17-19, 2002 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of EDTA on smear layer removal and on the structure of dentin, after 1 and 10 min of application. Six extracted single-rooted teeth were instrumented to #60. Apical and coronal thirds of each root were removed, leaving a 5 mm middle third that was then cut longitudinally into two equal segments. Using 10 ml of 17% EDTA solution, halves belonging to the same root were irrigated for 1 and 10 min, respectively. All specimens were subjected to irrigation with 10 ml of 5% NaOCl. Then all the specimens were prepared for SEM evaluation. The results showed that 1 min EDTA irrigation is effective in removing the smear layer. However a 1 0-min application of EDTA caused excessive peritubular and intertubular dentinal erosion. Therefore we suggest that this procedure should not be prolonged >1 min during endodontic treatment.