Dr Muhammad Rizwan Bashir, Dr Madiha Adeeb, Dr Haq Nawaz
Introduction: Irrigation is an essential part of root canal debridement. It allows for cleaning beyond what might be achieved by root canal instrumentation alone. It helps by killing microorganisms, flushing debris, and removing the smear layer from the root canal system. Aims and objectives: The main objective of the study is to analyze the most common irrigant and most common method of irrigant usage by dentists in Pakistan. Material and methods: This survey analysis was conducted in THQ Hospital, Fort Abbas during March 2018 to October 2018. The data was collected from 100 dental doctors for finding the most common irrigant method used in different hospitals of Pakistan. Survey participants were asked about their irrigant selection, irrigant concentration, smear layer removal, and use of adjuncts to irrigation. Questions consisted of numeric rankings, multiple choices, and multiple selections with options for write-in answers where appropriate. The apical portion of each canal was enlarged to F1 size to allow adequate cleaning and penetration of the solution to the apical third of each root canal. Results: The data was collected from 100 dental doctors of both males and females. The respondents of our survey, comprised of 47% being post-graduate students, 26.4% were teaching faculty with less than 5 years of experience, 11.8% were faculty with 5-10 years of experience, 9.3% were faculty with 11-20 years of experience, 3.8% were faculty with 21-30 years of experience and 1.6% respondents were faculty with a clinical experience of more than 30 years. Among all experience groups, our data indicate that 92.8% of respondents are employing NaOCl as their primary irrigant. Conclusion: It is concluded that NaOCl was found out to be the most common irrigant used and the most common method of irrigation.