One goal we have in our dental practice is to reach as close to 100% successrate in our root canal treatment cases. To be able to achieve this, we need to effectively and thoroughly debride and disinfect the root canal system – bilogically, mechanically and chemically. Biological: we need to understand the nature of the biofilm in the root canal system to be able to reduce bacterial populations to a level below that which is necessary to induce or sustain disease.
Mechanical: we need to realize the importance of mechanical cleaning and shaping of the canal, master the basics and learn new technologies that could improve canal debridement and disinfection. Chemical: we need to know the significance of the chemical action of intracanal irrigating solutions as well as improve irrigating techniques.
Emabel Sibayan-Jugo, DMD
Faculty, Oral Medicine Department, University of the Philippines College of Dentistry
Member, Endodontic Society of the Philippines
Member, Philippine Association of Hospital Dentistry