Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the antimicrobial activity of mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) and calcium hydroxide (Ca(OH)2) sealers on Enterococcus faecalis at various time points after the preparation of the sealer. Methods: Antimicrobial activity of MTA and Ca(OH)2 sealer on E. faecalis (ATCC 29212) was assessed by the direct contact test immediately, 1 day, and 7 days after the preparation of the sealer. Results: The antimicrobial effect of MTA sealer was greatest 1 and 7 days after the preparation of the sealer. The effect of Ca(OH)2 was greatest 1 day after the preparation of the sealer. Conclusion: MTA sealer showed constant antimicrobial activity on E. faecalis overtime. By contrast, Ca(OH)2 sealer showed decreasing antimicrobial activity overtime, with the greatest antimicrobial activity being 1 day after the preparation of the sealer.
- Antimicrobial activity
- Calcium hydroxide sealer
- Enterococcus faecalis
- Mineral trioxide aggregate sealer