Aim: The present study was conducted to assess effectiveness of, Propolis, Aloe vera and Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution (HBSS) in maintaining the viability of periodontal ligament cells. Materials & Methods: The present study was conducted on 90 freshly extracted teeth that were randomly divided into four experimental storage solution groups. Group I: Stored in Propolis, Group II: Stored in Aloe vera and Group III: Stored in Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution (HBSS). Results: The percentage of viable PDL cells was found to be higher in teeth stored in aloe vera (82%) as compared to those preserved in propolis (68%) and HBSS (66%). The difference was significant (p< 0.05). The mean absorbance value at 3 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours, 48 hours and 72 hours in different groups as calculated by Mann Whitney test was significant (P< 0.05). Post Hoc test between different groups revealed significant difference in mean periodontal cells (P< 0.05). Conclusion: Aloe vera as a storage media was found to show higher periodontal cells viability followed by 50% Propolis and HBSS.
Keywords: Aloe vera, HBSS, Propolis, Storage media