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A Comparative Evaluation of Herbal Extracts and Triple Antibiotic Paste as Intracanal Medicament against Enterococcus faecalis: A Microbiological Study

Saritha Golla, Natasha Gambhir, Nidhi Gupta, Rashi Singh, Divya Singh

Keywords : Enterococcus faecalis, Ginger extract, Intracanal medicaments, Lesion sterilization tissue repair, Nutmeg extract, Triple antibiotic paste, Turmeric extract, Zone of inhibition agar disk diffusion method

Citation Information : Golla S, Gambhir N, Gupta N, Singh R, Singh D. A Comparative Evaluation of Herbal Extracts and Triple Antibiotic Paste as Intracanal Medicament against Enterococcus faecalis: A Microbiological Study. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2024; 17 (3):285-290.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10005-2791

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2024; The Author(s).


Purpose: The purpose of the study is to compare and evaluate the efficacy of herbal extracts over modified triple antibiotic paste (MTAP) as intracanal medicaments against Enterococcus faecalis (E. faecalis). Ginger, turmeric, and nutmeg extract were checked for antibacterial activity by agar disk diffusion method at 100, 50, 25, and 12.5% concentration. Combination groups were prepared, and the combination group showing the best zone of inhibition was further evaluated. Materials and methods: A total of 103 samples were taken and divided into five groups: group I—MTAP, group II—ginger, group III—turmeric, group IV—nutmeg, and group V—saline. Based on different concentrations, the groups were again subdivided into subgroups at 100, 50, 25, and 12.5%. Combination groups of ginger + nutmeg, ginger + turmeric, and turmeric + nutmeg were made and evaluated. The combination group showing the best zone of inhibition was again divided into 100, 50, 25, and 12.5% and further evaluated. Results: Modified triple antibiotic was effective in the elimination of E. faecalis. Herbal extracts showed a reduction in the number of E. faecalis. Nutmeg showed a reduction in E. faecalis, followed by ginger, followed by turmeric. Conclusion: This study shows that the combination of ginger + nutmeg at 12.5% concentration (35 mm) showed the highest zone of inhibition among all the herbal combinations, which is almost equal to that of MTAP.

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