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Smear Layer Summary

Description: Adherent debris produced when cutting the enamel or dentin in cavity preparation. It is about 1 micron thick and its composition reflects the underlying dentin, although different quantities and qualities of smear layer can be produced by the various instrumentation techniques. Its function is presumed to be protective, as it lowers dentin permeability. However, it masks the underlying dentin and interferes with attempts to bond dental material to the dentin.

Also Known As: Layer, Smear

Networked: 843 relevant articles (106 outcomes, 237 trials/studies) for this Disease

Key Drugs and Agents for Smear Layer

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Drugs and Important Biological Agents (IBA) related to treatments:
  1. Edetic Acid (EDTA) : 56 outcomes 81 studies in 288 results : FDA 1
  2. Citric Acid (Citrate) : 15 outcomes 25 studies in 72 results : FDA 10 Generic
  3. Tetracycline (Achromycin) : 7 outcomes 17 studies in 27 results : FDA 62 Generic
  4. Sodium Hypochlorite (Clorox) : 6 outcomes 19 studies in 73 results : IBA
  5. Collagen : 5 outcomes 9 studies in 56 results : IBA
  6. Gutta-Percha (Guttapercha) : 4 outcomes 12 studies in 45 results : IBA
  7. phosphoric acid (orthophosphoric acid) : 4 outcomes 3 studies in 62 results : FDA 5
  8. Detergents (Detergent) : 3 outcomes 12 studies in 23 results : IBA
  9. Acetic Acid (Vinegar) : 3 outcomes 8 studies in 19 results : FDA 23 Generic
  10. CMW cement (Dentsply) : 3 outcomes 6 studies in 8 results : IBA
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Diseases Related to Smear Layer

  1. Dentin Sensitivity
  2. Nonvital Tooth (Endodontically-Treated Teeth)
  3. Infection
  4. Root Caries
  5. Periodontitis
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Key Therapies for Smear Layer

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  1. Solid-State Lasers : 13 outcomes 21 studies in 60 results
  2. Lasers (Laser) : 7 outcomes 10 studies in 70 results
  3. Semiconductor Lasers : 3 outcomes 4 studies in 12 results
  4. Root Canal Preparation : 2 outcomes 7 studies in 15 results
  5. Root Planing : 2 outcomes 4 studies in 13 results
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