Critical appraisal of published smear layer-removal studies: methodological issues.

  title={Critical appraisal of published smear layer-removal studies: methodological issues.},
  author={G De-Deus and Claudia Mendonça Reis and Sidnei Paciornik},
  journal={Oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology, oral radiology, and endodontics},
  volume={112 4},
The smear layer phenomenon has been extensively addressed over the past 3 decades. However, there still are unanswered questions on this issue and the main responsible factor is the qualitative and nonreproducible character of most in vitro smear layer removal studies. The methodological reasons that led to the current lack of reliable conclusions on procedures aiming to remove the smear layer are comprehensively addressed. The limitations and outcomes related to different assessment methods… CONTINUE READING


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