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J Ir Dent Assoc. 2013 Aug-Sep;59(4):190-5.

Commonly used topical oral wound dressing materials in dental and surgical practice--a literature review.

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  • 1Dept of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dublin Dental University Hospital, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.


A small number of medicaments are used in oral and maxillofacial surgery to dress wounds, relieve pain, prevent infection and promote healing. While these materials are routinely used, their constituents, uses and effects on oral tissues are rarely discussed. This literature review provides an overview of the constituents, uses and effects of the common materials--oxidised regenerated cellulose, Whitehead's varnish, Carnoy's solution, bismuth iodoform paraffin paste (BIPP), zinc oxide eugenol (ZOE) and Alvogyl.

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