Mechanisms of antimicrobial activity of calcium hydroxide: a critical review.

@article{Siqueira1999MechanismsOA,
  title={Mechanisms of antimicrobial activity of calcium hydroxide: a critical review.},
  author={Jos{\'e} F Siqueira and H{\'e}lio Pereira Lopes},
  journal={International endodontic journal},
  year={1999},
  volume={32 5},
  pages={361-9}
}
Literature review The primary function of calcium hydroxide as a routine intracanal medicament is to provide antimicrobial activity. However, the mechanisms of antimicrobial activity of calcium hydroxide are not well known. Physicochemical properties of this substance may limit its effectiveness in disinfecting the entire root canal system. In addition, calcium hydroxide is not effective against all bacterial species found in root canal infections. Association with other medicaments may enhance… CONTINUE READING