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J Conserv Dent. 2019 May-Jun;22(3):255-259. doi: 10.4103/JCD.JCD_565_18.

In vitro assessment of interaction between lidocaine hydrochloride and sodium hypochlorite on root canal dentin before and after chemomechanical instrumentation procedures.

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Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, SRM Dental College, Ramapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.



To investigate the effect of resultant precipitate formed on interaction between 2% lidocaine hydrochloride with adrenaline (LA) and 2.5% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) on root canal dentin before and after chemomechanical preparation, using scanning electron microscopy (SEM).


Sixty mandibular premolars were decoronated, and the root length was standardized. All specimens were randomly distributed into the following three groups: Group I (control): 2% LA mixed with sterile water without root canal instrumentation, Group II: 2% LA with 2.5% NaOCl and no instrumentation, and Group III: 2% LA with 2.5% NaOCl, followed by mechanical instrumentation with rotary files. Teeth samples were sectioned into three parts, split and SEM analysis of the root canal wall was done at cervical, middle, and apical root thirds.


SEM images revealed patent dentinal tubules with no precipitate occlusion in the control group, whereas there was occlusion of dentinal tubules with a precipitate in all the specimens in Group II and Group III at all the three root levels studied.


The precipitate formed on the interaction between 2% LA solution and 2.5% NaOCl tends to occlude the dentinal tubules at the coronal, middle, and apical root thirds. The chemomechanical rotary instrumentation procedure did not effectively remove the precipitate from all the three levels of the root specimens studied. LA/sterile water group did not result in any precipitate formation on root canal dentin.


Hot pulp; intrapulpal anesthesia; lidocaine hydrochloride; precipitate; sodium hypochlorite

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