Friday, February 03, 2017

Saudi Propolis Used in 'Baby Root Canal'

Formulation of Saudi propolis into biodegradable chitosan chips for vital pulpotomy

Curr Drug Deliv. 2017 Jan 25


Propolis has been widely used to treat oral cavity disorders, such as endodontal and periodontal diseases and microbial infections.


The study aimed at formulation of commercial Saudi propolis into biodegradable chitosan chips and evaluation of its effectiveness as a pulpotomy agent.


The composition of 80% ethanolic propolis extract was evaluated regarding its total phenolic content, total flavonoid content and antioxidant activity. Chitosan chips containing propolis extract were prepared by the solvent / casting method. The investigated variables were % of chitosan polymer (2, 2.5 and 3%), % of plasticizer (1, 5 and 10%) and incorporation of different concentrations of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (5, 10 and 20% of polymer weight). The chips were characterized for weight and thickness uniformity, content uniformity, pH, percentage moisture loss, swelling index, tensile strength and in vitro propolis release. The optimal propolis chip formulation was further investigated in dogs regarding the short term response of primary dental pulp to propolis chips compared with the most commonly used formocresol preparation.


The prepared films were flexible and demonstrated satisfactory physicochemical characteristics. The optimal formulation showed an initial release of about 41.7% of the loaded propolis followed by a sustained release extended up to 7 days. The kinetics study demonstrated that propolis release was controlled by Fick´s diffusion. The optimal propolis chip formulation resulted in less pulpal inflammation compared to formocresol, and produced hard tissue formation in all specimens.


Formulation of commercial Saudi propolis as a biodegradable chitosan chip is an effective alternative to the commercially available chemical agents for treatment of vital pulpotomy.

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