Influence of root canal disinfectants on growth factor release from dentin

Galler, Kerstin M; Buchalla, Wolfgang; Hiller, Karl-Anton; Federlin, Marianne; Eidt, Andreas; Schiefersteiner, Mona; Schmalz, Gottfried Hans (2015). Influence of root canal disinfectants on growth factor release from dentin. Journal of endodontics, 41(3), pp. 363-368. Elsevier 10.1016/j.joen.2014.11.021

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During dentinogenesis, growth factors become entrapped in the dentin matrix that can later be released by demineralization. Their effect on pulpal stem cell migration, proliferation, and differentiation could be beneficial for regenerative endodontic therapies. However, precondition for success, as for conventional root canal treatment, will be sufficient disinfection of the root canal system. Various irrigation solutions and intracanal dressings are available for clinical use. The aim of this study was 2-fold: to identify a demineralizing solution suitable for growth factor release directly from dentin and to evaluate whether commonly used disinfectants for endodontic treatment will compromise this effect.


Dentin disks were prepared from extracted human teeth and treated with EDTA or citric acid at different concentrations or pH for different exposure periods. The amount of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), fibroblast growth factor 2, and vascular endothelial growth factor were quantified via enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and visualized by gold labeling. Subsequently, different irrigation solutions (5.25% sodium hypochloride, 0.12% chlorhexidine digluconate) and intracanal dressings (corticoid-antibiotic paste, calcium hydroxide: water-based and oil-based, triple antibiotic paste, chlorhexidine gel) were tested, and the release of TGF-β1 was measured after a subsequent conditioning step with EDTA.


Conditioning with 10% EDTA at pH 7 rendered the highest amounts of TGF-β1 among all test solutions. Fibroblast growth factor 2 and vascular endothelial growth factor were detected after EDTA conditioning at minute concentrations. Irrigation with chlorhexidine before EDTA conditioning increased TGF-β1 release; sodium hypochloride had the opposite effect. All tested intracanal dressings interfered with TGF-β1 release except water-based calcium hydroxide.


Growth factors can be released directly from dentin via EDTA conditioning. The use of disinfecting solutions or medicaments can amplify or attenuate this effect.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Preventive, Restorative and Pediatric Dentistry

UniBE Contributor:

Schmalz, Gottfried Hans


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Eveline Carmen Schuler

Date Deposited:

16 Mar 2016 16:05

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25 Jan 2017 12:15

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Dentin, growth factors, intracanal dressing, irrigation solutions, regenerative endodontics




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