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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 314-320

Assessment of the potential of Allium sativum oil as a new medicament for non-vital pulpotomy of primary teeth

1 Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Al-Azhar University, Egypt; Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Alfarabi Colleges, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Alfarabi Colleges, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Kusai Baroudi
Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Alfarabi Colleges, Riyadh, 11691, PO Box 85184, Saudi Arabia

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-0762.161762

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Objective: The objective of this study was to compare the clinical and radiographic effects of Allium sativum oil and formocresol in nonvital pulpotomy in primary teeth. Materials and Methods: Twenty children ranging in age from 4 to 8 years were included in the study. In every one of those children, pulpotomy was indicated for the primary molars. Pulpotomy procedure was performed and the radicular pulp tissue of one molar was capped with A. sativum oil in a cotton pellet while the other molar was capped with formocresol. The teeth were evaluated clinically and radiographically before and after 6 months using standard clinical and radiographic criteria. Statistically, these results revealed significant difference between the radiographic findings of nonvital pulpotomy in primary molars with the two medicaments. Statistical analysis was performed using independent t-test and paired t-test at the significance level of α = 0.05. Results: A. sativum oil has potent antibacterial properties that enable it to combat intracanal microbes in the infected pulp of primary molars. Better results were obtained when A. sativum oil was used. Conclusion: A. sativum oil had more powerful effects than formocresol on the infected pulp of primary nonvital molars.

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