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former studies have shown that the dentin wall was covered with smear layer
after mechanical shaping of the root canals with instrumentation (1,2). Regardless
of the controversy over maintaining the smear layer it has been observed that the
smear layer itself may be infected and may protect the bacteria within the
dentinal tubules (3). Smear layer not only contains organic components but also
have inorganic component in the form of dentin chips etc (1). The penetration
of intracanal disinfectants (4) and sealers into dentinal tubules were
prevented by smear layer, which affects the final seal of the root canal
filling (5, 6, 7).

are paramount for successful debridement of the root canals with mechanical procedures
(3). There is no single solution is efficient of removing both organic and
inorganic parts of the smear layer. To eliminate this smear layer combination of
sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) and strong chelating agent such as Ethylenediaminetetraacetic
acid (EDTA)
is recommended (8). It has been suggested that smear layer was completely evacuated
by 17% EDTA for 1min followed by 5.25% NaOCl by Crumpton et al. (9,12). Till
now there is no single solution which can disinfect the root canal system as
well as remove the smear layer. On the other hand the application of strong
chelating agentlikeEDTA for more than 1minute and 1ml of volume has been
reported to be associated with dentinal erosion (10,11).

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(Sybron Endo, Orange, CA) is a product recently introduced for removingthe
smear layer. It contains 17% EDTA solution in conjunction with a cationic (Cetrimide)
andan anionic surfactant. SmearOFF(Vista Detal Products) is Proprietary EDTA
andChlrohexidine mix. It is prepared with combination of wetting agents and
surface modifiers for best outcomes. These solutions are used only as final

Etridonic acid which issoft chelating agent appears
to have a nominal effect on dentine walls yet can still reduce smear layerLottanti et al. 2009. Etridonic
acid(HEBP)  can be used in combination
with NaOCl without affecting its proteolyticor antimicrobial properties(13,14). In contrast to EDTA, Etridonic
acid is a weak decalcifying agent and hence cannot be used as a mere final
rinse there for it is suggested that HEBP to be mixed with NaOCl to be used as
more complete root canal irrigation solution.


(innovationsendo, India) is a combination of NaOCl and HEBP. Chloroquick High
contains 18% HEBP and 5.25% NaOCl while Chloroquick Low contains 9% HEBP and 3%
NaOCl both be mixed with surfactant tween 80 for complete root canal irrigation
solution. There for this study aims to compare the efficacy of continuous soft
chelating irrigation protocol with Chloroquick solutions to conventional
irrigation protocol on smear layer removal in coronal, middle, and apical
thirds of the instrumented root canals.