A SURVEY ABOUT THE MOST COMMON IRRIGANT AND MOST COMMON METHOD OF IRRIGANT USAGE BY DENTISTS IN RAWALPINDI/ ISLAMABAD HOSPITALS
The purpose of this study was to find out the most common irrigant and irrigation method used by dentists of Rawalpindi/IslamabadA questionnaire was distributed by hand to dentists in the 6 hospitals of Rawalpindi/ Islamabad which consisted of a set of 7 questions regarding the most common irrigant and the method of irrigation used for the disinfection and cleaning of the root canal system. The study was carried over a period of one week and the total number of respondents were 113.It was found out that among the 113 respondents, 70 (61.94%) were using saline as root canal irrigant, 37 (32.74% ) were using NaOCL ,and only 6 (5.30%), were using combination of NaOCL and EDTA. Out of 113 respondants, 101 (89.38%) were use syringe delivery method and 12 (10.61%) manually agitated the solution with file for irrigation. The most common reason for not using the NaOCL and EDTA combination was due to time constraint that didnt allow dentists to use rubber dam i.e by 75 respondents (72.82%). Unaffordability and unavailaibility was reported to be the cause by 10(9.7%) and 14(13.59%) respondants respectively. Saline was found out to be the most common irrigant used and the most common method of irrigation was found out to be through syringe delivery.