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Optical Evaluation of Enamel Microleakage with One-Step Self-Etch Adhesives


Photomed Laser Surg.

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Turkistani A1, Almutairi M2, Banakhar N2, Rubehan R2, Mugharbil S2, Jamleh A3, Nasir A2, Bakhsh T1.


1 Operative Dentistry Division, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

2 Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

3 King Abdullah International Medical Research Centre, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Restorative and Prosthetic Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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In this in vitro study, cross-polarization optical coherence tomography (CP-OCT) was used to evaluate microleakage in dental composite restorations bonded to enamel with two types of one-step self-etching (SE) adhesives.

One-step SE adhesives were proposed to simplify bonding of composite restorations. However, bonding of these simplified adhesive to dental enamel is still questionable. OCT is a promising diagnostic tool that allows micron-scale imaging of biological tissues and structures.

Class-V cavities (4-mm diameter × 1-mm depth) were prepared on the labial surfaces of extracted human anterior teeth with margins and floor located in enamel. The cavities were then divided into two groups (n = 5) and restored with either Tetric N-Bond Universal (Ivoclar Vivadent, Liechtenstein) or Palfique Bond (Tokuyama Dental Corporation, Japan), followed by Estelite Flow Quick flowable composite (Tokuyama Dental Corporation). After storage in 100% humidity for 24 h, specimens were immersed in ammoniacal silver nitrate solution for another 24 h. Later, they were rinsed and immersed in photo-developing solution under fluorescent light for 8 h. CP-OCT at 1310 nm center wavelength was used to scan seven two-dimensional cross-sectional images from each specimen. Each cross-sectional image was analyzed using ImageJ software to quantify interfacial microleakage at the cavity floor.

Student’s t-test showed significant difference between the tested adhesives (p < 0.05). Palfique Bond adhesive presented inferior interfacial adaptation as it obtained higher values of floor microleakage compared to Tetric N-Bond Universal adhesive group.

CP-OCT enabled nondestructive quantitative assessment of microleakage in enamel dental restorations.