Brazilian Oral Research
Print version ISSN 1806-8324
MONTERO, Janaina Corazza and MORI, Graziela Garrido. Assessment of ion diffusion from a calcium hydroxide-propolis paste through dentin. Braz. oral res. [online]. 2012, vol.26, n.4, pp. 318-322. ISSN 1806-8324. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1806-83242012000400006.
This study evaluated the ability of ions from a non-alcoholic calcium hydroxide-propolis paste to diffuse through dentinal tubules. Thirty-six single-rooted bovine teeth were used. The tooth crowns were removed, and the root canals were instrumented and divided into 3 groups: Group 1 - calcium hydroxide-propylene glycol paste; Group 2 - calcium hydroxide-saline solution paste; Group 3 - calcium hydroxide-propolis paste. After the root canal dressings were applied, the teeth were sealed and placed in containers with deionized water. The pH of the water was measured after 3, 24, 72 and 168 hours to determine the diffusion of calcium hydroxide ions through the dentinal tubules. All of the pastes studied promoted the diffusion of calcium hydroxide ions through the dentinal tubules. Associating propolis to calcium hydroxide resulted in a pH increase, which occurred with greater intensity after 72 hours. The calcium hydroxide-propolis paste was able to diffuse in dentin.
Keywords : Propolis; Calcium Hydroxide; Dentin.