Washington D.C. [USA], Oct 24 (ANI): Now, undergoing a root canal">root canal treatment will not be difficult, as researchers have developed an gel">injectable antimicrobial gel that could disinfect a tooth during a root canal">root canal procedure.
Root canal is the procedure, in which tooth's pulp and nerve are removed before the tooth is cleaned and sealed. If bacteria, viruses or yeasts contaminate the tooth, another root canal">root canal procedure or surgery must be done.
The gel has been developed by Researcher Ghaeth H. Yassen from Indiana University.
"I wanted to create a gel that provides sustained antimicrobial properties even when it is removed. I also wanted it to have minimal toxic effect on stem cells and not cause tooth discoloration," he stated.
Creating an antimicrobial space is especially important during clinical regenerative endodontic procedures.
Yassen said the next steps include optimizing a version of the gel that is opaque to X-rays and other radiation, which will enable dental care professionals to track it within the root canal">root canal system.
The research appears in the Journal of Endodontics. (ANI)