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Impact of different acid etching time on microtensile bond strength to vital dentin
Aadarsh Gopalakrishna
University of Iowa

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Gopalakrishna, Aadarsh. "Impact of different acid etching time on microtensile bond strength to vital dentin." Master's thesis, University of Iowa, 2009.

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by Aadarsh Gopalakrishna

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Science degree in Operative Dentistry in the Graduate College of The University of Iowa

July 2009

Thesis Supervisor: Assistant Professor Saulo Geraldeli

Graduate College The University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa

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Aadarsh Gopalakrishna has been approved by the Examining Committee for the thesis requirement for the Master of Science degree in Operative Dentistry at the July 2009 graduation.

Thesis Committee:

Saulo Geraldeli, Thesis Supervisor

Steve Armstrong

Deborah Cobb

Fang Qian

who is always there for me.To my parents. constant support and love. To my wife. who are my well wishers. To my mentors. To all my family and friends. for their motivation. for their willingness to teach. ii .

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I would like to express my gratitude to Dr. His continued support helped me finish this project on time. Gerald Denehy for all his support and help to make me a better clinician and for his motivation to teach. I thank her for her encouragement during my program and my thesis project. She made me feel home away from home. I would like to thank John Laffon for his help with the Scanning Electron Microscopy procedures. I would like to thank him for letting me use his biomaterial lab for this thesis. iii . my thesis advisor. I greatly appreciate his passion in teaching and encouragement. Fang Qian for her support for analyzing the statistics of this thesis and her valuable suggestions. for all his clinical support in this project with patient selection and placement of the restorations for the in vivo aspect of this research. Saulo Geraldeli. I would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Steve Armstrong for being a part of my research committee member and sharing his research experience in my thesis project. I would like to thank Dr. I would like to acknowledge Dr. Deborah Cobb as my graduate program director and my committee member. I would like to acknowledge Dr. Brazil. I would also like to thank him for all the extended support in literature development. It is my great honor to have Dr. who has constantly supported me throughout this thesis project. Ricardo Atui from Guarulhos University. I would also like to thank all the friends and faculty members of the Operative Dentistry department.

4 Outcome of interest--------------------------------------------------------.3 Acid etching and its effects on dentin-pulp complex-----------. MATERIALS AND METHODS-----------------------------------------------------22 3.33 3.6 Effect of etching time on dentin-------------------------------------14 2.5 Effect of acid on dentin-----------------------------------------------13 2.3.5 Operational definitions-----------------------------------------------------.10 Statistical methods--------------------------------------------------------.3 Hypotheses------------------------------------------------------------------.TABLE OF CONTENTS LIST OF TABLES -------------------------------------------------------------------------------.7 IRB approval----------------------------------------------------------------.9 Scanning electron microscopy--------------------------------------------.3 Resin based composite (RBC)-----------------------------------------6 2.3.4 Smear layer-------------------------------------------------------------13 2.3.1 Enamel--------------------------------------------------------------------5 2.1 2. INTRODUCTION----------------------------------------------------------------------.3 Definitions and characteristics----------------------------------------------10 2.2.34 4.23 3.4 Studies supporting extended etching times on dentin-------------------15 3.3.1 Acid etch and acids used in dentistry-------------------------------10 2.6 LIST OF FIGURE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------. 2.34 iv . LITERATURE REVIEW-------------------------------------------------------------.23 3.33 4 RESULTS------------------------------------------------------------------------------.7 Microtensile bond strength as a method for evaluation of resin.vii CHAPTER 1.2 Research question------------------------------------------------------------22 3.3.7 Effect of etching time on enamel------------------------------------14 2.22 3.4 2.2 Dentin.pulp complex-------------------------------------------------.8 Teeth samples---------------------------------------------------------------.1 Overview----------------------------------------------------------------------22 3.2.23 3.4 Adhesion/Bonding------------------------------------------------------7 2.1 Microtenslie bond strength evaluation-----------------------------------.dentin interface----------------------------------------------15 2.5 2.23 3.3.2 Acid etching and its effects on enamel-----------------------------10 2.24 3.8 Scanning electron microscopy---------------------------------------15 2.2 Background of tooth structures and adhesion------------------------------4 2.2.1 Statement of problem----------------------------------------------------------4 2.2.

2.2.62 APPENDIX-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------.43 4.4.56 CONCULSIONS-----------------------------------------------------------------.2 Statistical analysis ---------------------------------------------------------.66 v .43 4.1 Statistical results without the pretest failure data----------------.3 Results from Scanning electron microscopy---------------------------.2 Statistical results with the pretest failure data--------------------.63 BIBILOGRAPHY--------------------------------------------------------------------------------.44 5 6 DISCUSSION---------------------------------------------------------------------.43 4.

27 Table 2: Data of microtensile bond strength in MPa from for each group------------------35 Table 3: Mean microtensile bond strength by surfaces and etching times without including the failure mode-------------------------------------------------------------. compositions and manufacturer-----------------------------------------.38 Table 6: Failure mode results--------------------------------------------------------------------.46 vi .LIST OF TABLES Table 1: Materials.36 Table 4: Mean microtensile bond strength by surfaces and etching times with the pretest failure as 1 MPa-------------------------------------------------------------37 Table 5: Comparison of mean tensile bond strength with and without pre test failure--.

31 Figure 4: Dumbell sample on Dirks device----------------------------------------------------.LIST OF FIGURES Figure 1: Procedure of tooth preparation------------------------------------------------------.41 Figure 6: Graph showing data comparison of mean microtensile bond strength---------.48 Figure 9: Graph showing the failure modes in 80 seconds group--------------------------.52 Figure 13: Joint failures--------------------------------------------------------------------------.29 Figure 3: Tooth sectioning-----------------------------------------------------------------------.55 vii .47 Figure 8: Graph showing the fracture modes in 20 seconds group-------------------------.42 Figure 7: Graph showing the fracture modes in 5 seconds group--------------------------.32 Figure 5: Graph showing data comparison of mean microtensile bond strength with and without including pretest failures-----------------------------------------.49 Figure 10: Graph showing a comparison of the fracture modes from each group-------.50 Figure11: Cohesive failure in dentin-----------------------------------------------------------.54 Figure 15: Adhesive failure in the hybrid layer-----------------------------------------------.51 Figure 12: Cohesive failure in composite resin-----------------------------------------------.28 Figure 2: Procedure of restoration--------------------------------------------------------------.51 Figure 14: Mixed failure-------------------------------------------------------------------------.

These adhesives. However a major shortcoming of today’s adhesive restoration is their limited durability in the mouth (Van Meerbeek et al. RBC adheres to enamel and dentin by adhesives. This bonding to tooth structure can be obtained by dental adhesives. 1-20) as bonding to dentin has been shown to be less reliable than bonding to enamel and is considered to be a major cause for adhesive failure. these restorations are very popular as they resemble the natural tooth in terms of color and translucency. Bonding to dentin is a less reliable technique due to the intrinsic characteristics and composition of this substrate. With this growing demand for esthetic dentistry and decreasing demand for amalgam restorations. especially when compared to enamel bonding. However. adhesive materials such as resins require a more porous enamel and dentin before its application in order to increase material retention. Another advantage of RBC is that these restorations can be bonded to the tooth structure instead of the traditional mechanical way of obtaining retention at the cost of removing healthy tooth structure. durability. considerable quantities of debris cover the surface of the dentin forming a smear layer. decrease sensitivity and improve marginal sealing. Resins based composites (RBC) are the most widely used tooth colored restorative materials. This layer is advantageous to protect the pulp-dentin complex when non adhesive restorative materials are indicated. This material not only mimics tooth structure in color. . good marginal adaptation and sealing and excellent biocompatibility compared to other tooth colored materials. Adhesives have allowed for esthetically restoring the teeth with minimal or no tooth preparation. but also exhibits adequate strength. Whenever dentin is cut for placement of restorations. translucency and texture. The evolution in both the physical and esthetic properties of resin restorative materials has led to greater longevity and more esthetic restorations. decrease the microleakage in the tooth-restoration interface. 1998.1 CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION Currently there is an increase in demand for “tooth colored restorations’’ in dentistry.

2005. this research will evaluate the effect of different etch times on microtensile bond . This leads to opening of the dentinal tubules of dentin and the exposure of non mineral layer of dentin made of collagen fibrils and a depleted mineral content. 2002. It has been suggested that the degree of resin infiltration of the exposed collagen fibrils within the demineralized dentin has a profound influence on bond integrity. 105-110. When dentin is etched. Jacques and Hebling 2005. Gordan. 1121-1129. to prepare the dentin surface to receive the bonding components. Based on previous studies that excessive etching creates a deep demineralized zone. which are predominately hydroxyapatite crystals. degradation and alters the integrity of the bond that may lead to bonding failure. and Mjor 2004. the acid removes the smear layer and modifies the outer most surface of the dentin morphologically by dissolution of mineral content.Hashimoto et al. the relationship between tensile bond strength in these restorations and the effect of etching times influence on the demineralized dentin. This remaining unprotected mineral depleted layer at the interface permits leakage. Bolanos-Carmona et al. Many in vitro studies (Abu-Hanna and Gordan 2004. Most of the adhesive systems presently on the market use an acidic conditioner. thereby providing retention. Sardella et al. the bur prepared dentin surface should be treated with an inorganic acid such as ortho phosphoric acid. 28-33. Although the interaction of the etching agents with dentin is limited by the mineral and non-mineral phases. which is greatly influenced by the etching time. 99-105. 355-362) have been carried out to evaluate the effect of different etching times on the dentin prior to bonding and placing restorations. 2006.2 Resin adhesives classified as etch-and-rinse adhesives require the removal of the smear layer. 103-109. To achieve that. Abu-Hanna. there is often a discrepancy between the depths of dentin demineralization versus monomer penetration of the adhesive. This is desirable with the use of etch-and-rinse adhesives as they bridge the restoration to the tooth by forming resin tags in the micropores created by etching and they micromechanically interlock with the exposed collagen of the dentin to form the hybrid layer. generally 30 to 40% phosphoric acid.

The bond strengths were compared between groups. In addition to comparing bond strengths. This study could be a valuable source of information in terms of improving the clinical longevity of the restoration and better success of treatment with tooth colored restorations.3 strength of teeth which were treated in vivo. bonded and restored with RBC. these teeth were evaluated for their microtensile bond strength. The results of this study may provide information as to the clinical importance of avoiding extended phosphoric acid application. the current study evaluates the effect of etch times on tensile bond strength in a clinical situation versus evaluating in vitro where an ideal clinical environment is hard to mimic. On the other hand. After extraction. 5 seconds application might result in equal values for bond strength which will point out that shorter times could be used. These teeth were treated with three different etch times. . Therefore. All teeth used for this research were on patients who were scheduled for orthodontic treatment and who needed those teeth to be extracted solely for orthodontic treatment. the predominant failure mode was determined for the different etching times.

This includes. . It would be important to understand the adhesion principal as well. however this research project focuses on comparing the microtensile bond strength on the vital dentin when treated with different etching times. The focus of this research is to understand and evaluate the effect of acid conditioning time on dentin bond strength using microtensile bond strength as a measure and to analyze the fracture modes with scanning electron microscopy. the properties of the adhesive systems. However there is a broad spectrum of factors affecting the adhesion of the materials to the tooth structure. 28-33) have demonstrated that increase in etching times can reduce the bond strength. types of application procedures. Many in vitro studies (Hashimoto et al. pretreatment of tooth structures and much more. 2002.2 Background of tooth structures and adhesion Understanding different tooth structures is important for a successful adhesive restorative dentistry as different tooth structures as substrate behave differently to dental adhesive bonding systems. the type of adhesive systems. the tooth as a substrate and its intrinsic qualities.1 Statement of problem The durability of the bond between adhesive materials and tooth structure is most desired in restorative dentistry. 99-105) (Abu-Hanna. and Mjor 2004. 2. Gordan. The integrity of this interface between tooth structure and adhesive dental materials is considered as the key to the longevity of the restoration.4 CHAPTER 2: LITERATURE REVIEW 2.

The majority of enamel is in the form of Ca10(Po4)6(OH)2.2 Dentin-pulp complex: Dentin and pulp tissues. It is of ectodermal origin and chemically composed of a highly mineralized crystalline structure with 95% to 98% inorganic matter by weight and 86% inorganic matter by volume. Enamel is homogenous in structure except for the outer surface where the crystals are prismless and run parallel to each other and perpendicular to the surface. Enamel is very brittle structure with low tensile strength and high modulus of elasticity making it a rigid structure but dentin below the enamel acts as a cushion and withstands the masticatory forces (Sturdevant 1995. Structurally. There is formation of organic matrix and then calcium and phosphate in the form of hydroxyapitite are crystallized and these crystals enlarge. These enamel rods can be described as a keyhole with a circular core and are about 5µm in diameter.2. They have the same embryonic origin and are formed from the dental papilla and maintain this relationship throughout the life of a vital tooth. Enamel is formed by ameloblasts. They are closely packed crystal forms of enamel made from small elongated apatite crystals arranged in a distinctive pattern which gives strength and structural identity to enamel rods.2.1 Enamel Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. 18-24) 2.5 2. The hardness and density of enamel vary on different locations of the tooth. enamel is composed of millions of enamel rods or prisms. although there are other minerals present as trace elements. in spite of the differences in structure and composition. The cells of the dentin-pulp complex are the . 2% organic matter and 12% water by volume. they are related in many physiologic and pathologic reactions.

18% organic material and 12% water by weight. The hardness of dentin is less compared to enamel and even within the dentin the hardness decreases from superficial dentin to circumpulpal dentin. The morphologic characteristic of dentin is the dentinal tubules which extend from pulp to dentin enamel junction (DEJ). Tertiary dentin varies in structure and components and represents the defense mechanism of the dentin-pulp complex (Mjor. However. Dentinal tubules are separated by hydroxyapatite embedded collagen matrix called intertubular dentin. wear process or restorative procedures affect the formation of dentin and this type of dentin is called the tertiary dentin. The composition of human dentin is 70% inorganic. Sveen. 24). Dentin is considered as a living tissue as it lodges the odontoblastic cell process and can react to physiologic and pathologic stimuli. Dentin is less mineralized than enamel but more than cementum or bone. and Heyeraas 2001. The odontoblastic processes are extensions of odontoblasts which are present the peripheral layer of the pulp which is responsible of dentin formation. 427446). 28-29). The dentinal tubules are filled with odontoblastic process and dentinal fluid which is a transudate of plasma (Sturdevant 1995. . After eruption localized stimuli such as caries.6 odontoblasts. These cells are considered as part of dentin and pulp tissues as their cell bodies are in the peripheral part of the pulp but the cytoplasmic process called the tomes process are in the dentinal tubules of dentin. The odontoblastic process plays a primary role in the formation of dentin and continues to slowly form dentin even after the tooth has erupted in what is termed secondary dentin (Sturdevant 1995. The mineral content is hydroxyapatite arranged in a less systemic manner than enamel. The tubules have a highly mineralized lining along the tubular wall termed as peritubular dentin.

which are each about 0. Superficial dentin contains about 20. 61-73).4 Adhesion/Bonding Adhesion or bonding can be described as attachment or intimate contact of two materials. 2. 2.2. and pit and fissure sealants. Adhesion of restorative materials to the hard components of the tooth structure has been a goal .7 anastamosis between tubules have been described (Mjor and Nordahl 1996. Conversely. 201-210).8µm in diameter and deep dentin contains about 76. The number and diameter of the dentinal tubules decreases towards the dentinoenamel junction. This translates to more dentinal tubules close to the pulp where are greater in diameter than the superficial dentin close to the DEJ. Perdigao. Classic restorative materials such as amalgam do not bond to the tooth structure and provide little or no reinforcement of the weakened tooth structure (Swift. 401-412). The adhesion of RBC to tooth structure also has been shown to increase resistance to caries (Grogono and Mayo 1994. resin bonded composites can be adhered to the tooth surface. RBC can be bonded to the tooth structure by dental adhesives. 89-90). composite veneers. RBC has a wide variety of use such as direct anterior and posterior restorations. 95-110). Adhesion can also reduce marginal leakage of bacterial and salivary components at the tooth/restoration interface (Asmussen 1985.5-3µm in diameter (Fosse. Saele. and Eide 1992.3 Resin based composite (RBC) A major problem in restorative dentistry is that dental materials do not adhere efficiently to natural tooth structure. Research suggests that bonded resin composite restorations provide substantial reinforcement (McCullock and Smith 1986.000/mm2 of dentinal tubules which are about 2.2. (Pashley 1996. and Heymann 1995a.000/mm2 of dentinal tubules. 405-409). 104-133).

125-130) and commonly referred to as ‘hybridization’ or the formation of hybrid layer. The basic mechanism of bonding to enamel and dentin is essentially an exchange process involving replacement of minerals removed from the hard dental tissue by resin monomers which. 2005. 118-132). 2003a. Van Meerbeek et al. (Van Meerbeek et al. A review by De Munck described the different types of adhesives (De Munck et al. in 1992 (Nakabayashi and Takarada 1992. This was first described by Nakabayashi. Regarding userfriendliness and technique-sensitivity. 2003b. First type is the etch-andrinse adhesives which involve separate etch and rinse phases where acid is applied and rinsed off followed by a application of primer and application of adhesive step or a simplified procedure where in prime and adhesive are combined in one application preceded by etch and rinse. 2003b. three mechanisms of adhesion are currently in use. 849-853). Based upon the adhesion strategy. upon setting become micro mechanically interlocked in the porosities created. which not only lessens the clinical application time. Second type is the self etch adhesives which are based on the use of non-rinse acidic monomers that simultaneously condition and prime dentin. 215-235). 215-235.8 pursued by many researchers ever since Buonocore pioneered adhesive dentistry in 1955 (Buonocore 1955. but also significantly reduces the technique-sensitivity or the risk of making errors during application. ‘Strong’ self-etch adhesives have a very low pH of 1 and exhibit a bonding mechanism and interfacial ultra-morphology in dentin resembling that produced by etch-and-rinse . 215-235). this approach seems clinically most promising. There are two types of ‘self-etch’ adhesives: ‘mild’ and ‘strong’ (Van Meerbeek et al. This approach eliminates the rinsing phase.

e.5-1 µm deep (Inoue et al. similar to that mentioned above for mild self-etch adhesives. This limits their . Specific carboxyl or phosphate groups of functional monomers can then chemically interact with this residual hydroxyapatite (Yoshida et al. 709714).9 adhesives. In addition to this. This additional chemical adhesion may be beneficial in terms of resistance to hydrolytic degradation. 2000. glass-ionomer components inter-diffuse and establish a micro-mechanical bond following the principle of hybridization (Lin.. so that a substantial number of hydroxyapatite crystals remain within the hybrid layer. it removes the smear layer and exposes collagen fibrils up to about 0. The chemical interaction may result in bonds that better resist hydrolytic break-down and thus keep the restoration margins sealed for a longer period. 1836-1841). 454458). therein. 237-245). chemical bonding is obtained by ionic interaction of the carboxyl groups of the polyalkenoic acid with calcium ions of hydroxyapatite that remained attached to the collagen fibrils (Yoshida et al. Consequently. 709-714). 2000. ‘Mild’ self-etch adhesives have a pH of around 2 and dissolve the dentin surface only partially. Van Meerbeek et al. The third type is the Glass ionomers and glass ionomer adhesives which are considered to self-adhere to tooth tissue (Yoshida et al. a two-fold bonding mechanism is established. 2004. McIntyre. 2001. and Davidson 1992.. The basic difference with the resin based self-etch approach is that glass ionomers are self-etching through the use of a relatively high-molecular-weight polycarboxyl-base polymer. This two-fold bonding mechanism of mild self etch i. 2001). A short polyalkenoic acid pre-treatment cleans the tooth surface. micro-mechanical and chemical bonding is believed to be advantageous in terms of restoration durability. It has a micro-mechanical bonding component that may provide particular resistance to debonding stress.

and Heymann 1995b.. The goal of enamel etching is to increase the surface free energy for better monomer infiltration (Nakabayashi et al. Micro tags are . Later it was actually known as acid etch technique (Swift. Ever since then different acids have been tried. they cannot infiltrate phosphoric acid decalcified dentin. 2. Perdigao. 2.3. citric acid. such aggressive conditioners should not be used with glass ionomers (De Munck et al. He stated industries used acids like phosphoric acids to obtain better adhesion of paints and resin coating to metal surface.10 infiltration capacity.1 Acid etch and acids used in dentistry Buonocore in 1955 proposed the use of acids in dentistry. In addition. Peumans described two types of resin tags. 1615-1620). because of this high molecular weight. Further work suggested that a tag like extension of resins into enamel after the acid use (Gwinnett and Matsui 1967. with phosphoric acid most commonly used. they include polyacrylic acid.3.2 Acid etching and its effects on enamel Acidic solutions are normally used to etch enamel and dentin in commercial dentin adhesive systems. so he proposed that acids could be used to change the surface of the enamel and render it more receptive to adhesion. nitric acid.3 Definitions/Characteristics 2. 73-83). 1998) and form resin tags. (Buonocore 1955. He started the use of acids on enamel. Consequently. 849-853). Bonding to enamel is a reliable technique due to the composition of enamel. Macro tags are formed between prism periphery in a circular manner and micro tags which is much finer network at the core of the prisms where hydroxyapitite crystals are been removed by the effect of the acid. 2004. 95-110). so that only shallow hybrid layers are formed.

The amount of demineralization depends on many factors like application time.3 Acid etching and its effects on dentin-pulp complex The composition of dentin differs markedly from that of enamel. There are three enamel etching patterns described. 2. However the solubility of enamel when exposed to acid many vary from enamel surface to DEJ or the presence of fluoride (Sturdevant 1995. Enamel surface treated with acid has a high surface energy that allows resin monomer flow by capillary attraction before polymerization to form resin tags. rinsing time etc. This process changes the surface free energy of dentin. Thus. protein rich collagen is exposed. The effect of acid etching on enamel depends on many factors like type of acid. The degree of . 23). modifiers. 136-140). 24). type 2 is predominantly dissolution of prism periphery and Type 3 in which no prism structure remain evident. Most of the commercially available dentin bonding system use acid conditioners which remove the smear layer and partially demineralize the intertubular and peritubular dentin. bonding to enamel is easier than to other tooth tissues and has been proven to be successful and predictable (De Munck et al. Type 1 is predominantly dissolution of prism cores. the time of etching. The deeper dentin show more dentinal tubules and the diameter of the dentinal tubules increase with lesser intertubular dentin (Sturdenant 1995. Generally acid etchants remove about 10µm of the enamel surface and dissolve the rod core and periphery to form microporisities from 5 to 50 µm in depth.3. Enamel consists of mainly inorganic hydroxyapatite which has high surface energy.11 responsible for most of the bond strength because of their large surface area. The depth of dentin also plays a role in acid demineralization. surfactants and thickeners in acid. acid concentration. The deeper dentin where the dentinal tubules are closer show more demineralization than the superficial dentin as the distance between the tubules are less with less intertubular dentin. concentration and ph of acid. Dentin is a dynamic and a heterogeneous substrate which makes it more difficult to bond . Dentin has a higher amount of organic content than enamel and when acid demineralizes dentin. 2003.

180-185). dentin undergoes physiologic dentin sclerosis or reactive sclerosis in response to mild irritation like abrasion and erosion. 1995. 458-464). dentin.5 µm (Pashley 1992.5.3. tooth preparation. There is no outward fluid movement from these tubules when they are sealed with enamel and cementum but the fluid can show an outward movement when this external seal is lost due to dental caries. This process leads to less receptiveness to adhesive treatments. or tooth wear which could interfere with adhesive procedures. Numerous dentinal tubules are the present in the dentin which are filled with dentinal fluid. The result of dental sclerosis is the formation of a precipitation of mineral crystals into the peritubular dentin which leads to obstruction of the dentinal tubules. (Ciucchi et al. produced by grinding or instrumentation of enamel. 215-224). 777-781).4 Smear Layer The smear layer has been described as any surface debris. 191-194). cementum or as contaminant that precludes interaction with the underlying substrate (Ishioka and Caputo 1989. With response to caries or attrition. there is formation of hyperminerization leading to obstruction of dentinal tubules by crystalline deposits and these dentin would respond to longer etching time for adhesive treatments and have shown better bond strengths with extended duration of acid exposure in caries affected dentin (Arrais et al. This fluid due to dentin permeability caused by tooth preparation makes dentin more challenging for bonding compared to enamel since the fluid in these tubules can interfere with monomer infiltration of the adhesive system (Pashley 1991. The fuild in the dentinal tubules are under positive pressure. 2004. A smear . With age. 2. Dentin is a dynamic structure which undergoes continuous physiologic and pathologic changes. The thickness of the smear layer varies from 0.12 mineralization also decreases with deeper dentin thus resulting in a more demineralization when compared to superficial dentin when acid is applied.

215-224). maleic. 1992. there is microporosities created within the enamel which promote micromechanical retention of adhesive resin material into this porosity. This acid demineralizes intertubular and peritubular dentin and exposes the collagen along with increasing the microporosity of intertubular dentin (Pashley 1992. 76-85. as well as the mineral content of intertubular dentin will increase dentin permeability. 1111-1120). 73-81. 215-224. 1530-1540). Itoh.5 Effect of acid on dentin Smear layer is not a stable layer and during its formation. 265-270). 81-94). Traditionally . 2. 2. The changes produced in the mineral content of the substrate also change the surface free energy of dentin making it more receptive to adhesive (Erickson 1992. The surface smear layer and smear plugs are porous with submicron channels but are reported to reduce dentin permeability by 86% (Pashley 1992. 1802-1807). 2001.5µm depending on the type of acid used and its concentration (Chiba. On the contrary these particles are small giving them a high surface area to mass ratio facilitating its rapid demineralization in acids (Pashley et al. An in vitro study by Spencer closely examined the smear layer.3. created by carbide and diamond burs and the effect of acid etch on this smear layer (Spencer et al. 1995. In this study. however.3. Dentin is demineralized up to 7.6 Effect of etching time on Enamel With the use of acids.13 plug is debris that occludes dentinal tubules. the smear layer gets incorporated into the underlying tissue which makes it impossible to remove by scrubbing. Van Meerbeek et al. and Wakumoto 1989. nitric or citric acid to dentin surface results in removal of smear layer and demineralizing the underlying dentin (Eliades 1994. 73-81). Perdigao et al. use of acid showed incomplete removal of the smear layer.Eliades 1994. this depends on several parameters of which etching time is one. 1988. So application of acids such as phosphoric. Removal of the smear layer or plug.

Increased etching time demineralizes the dentin surface to a depth greater than resin monomers could penetrate. 1997. demineralize dentin. and Mjor 2004. 2002. 99-105. On the contrary. 953-959.14 enamel was etched up to 60 seconds to produce an optimum surface for bonding but etching times with lower etching times of 30 seconds is considered as an ideal time for the peak quality of the etched enamel (Gardner and Hobson 2001. 64-67). 2. Eick et al.8 Microtensile bond strength as a method for evaluation of resin-dentin interface Microtensile bond strength is considered as a suitable measure for the dentin adhesive restoration joint evaluation (Pashley and Carvalho 1997. 191-207.3. 76-85). (Nakabayashi. and Wakumoto 1989. 105-110). Reducing etching time reduces the depth of the demineralized zone and may be effective for achieving complete penetration and for sealing the dentin surface (Abu-Hanna. this weaker zone created decreased bond strength.Hashimoto et al. Strang et al. 2000. 355-372. 379-385). such as phosphoric acid. 406-411) These studies suggested that when failure was initiated. 28-33). 105-110). 2. Watanabe.(Abu-Hanna and Gordan 2004. 2002. There was a direct correlation between etching time and depth of demineralized zone. which would lead to incomplete infiltration by resin monomers. and Arao 1998. producing a thick. 306-335). There is deeper demineralization of both intertubular and peritubular dentin. 99-105. 406-411). The hybrid layer thickness is correlated directly to the etching time. Itoh. poorly infiltrated hybrid layer.(Hashimoto et al. the shorter etching times less than 15 seconds did not affect the shear bond strengths of dentin as much as the longer etching times (Abu-Hanna and Gordan 2004. More over .7 Effect of etching time on dentin Acids. but the depth of demineralization depends on the concentration of the acid and the duration (Chiba. Gordan. 1998. Tam and Pilliar 1993. Hashimoto et al. Excessive acid conditioning for dentin pretreatment would form a deep demineralized dentin zone within the bonded structure (Hashimoto et al.3. 2000.

An in vitro study done by Hashimoto et al (Hashimoto et al. 2.3. Sometimes artifacts can develop generally during this process which may provide distortion in the images (Perdigao et al. 306-335). 1997. This would lead to joint failure that can be measured. 1111-1120). 1995.9 Scanning electron microscopy Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) can demonstrate the different layers of the dentin-adhesive-resin joint and the dentinal tubules showing resin tags formed by the bonding systems after demineralization. 201-210). 1995. 1998. Pashley and Carvalho 1997a. 379-385. 191207. 1993. transmission electron microscopy. compared the over etching effects on tensile bond strength in two dentin bonding systems.4 Studies supporting extended etching times on dentin There are many reported studies comparing the effects and alterations in etch times to microtensile bond strengths of dentin-adhesive-resin interface. 2. SEM could evaluate the depth of dentin demineralization and adhesive penetration into them. and Boyer 2001.15 many investigators have suggested that shear bond strength is less used as they do not measure the adhesive properties of dentin-resin interface (Nakabayashi. The dentin adhesive restoration joint is made of dissimilar materials and when force is applied there is non-uniform distribution of stress with adhesive showing higher strain than the adherends (Armstrong.(Van Meerbeek et al. 14231428) The specimens for SEM should be air-dried or vacuum dried prior to fixation and examination with the SEM. Their aim was to determine the weakest zone of resin-dentin bonds and the relation between bond strength and failure mode to clarify the effect of demineralized .Eick et al. Microtensile bond testing is being known to produce distinctive debonding in the joint but if the samples are tested after a very short storage it may not produce joint failures consistently. Strang et al. and Arao 1998. optical microscopy and dye staining to better understand the interface itself. Many parameters are looked into using scanning electron microscopy. 1111-1120. Keller. Perdigao et al. 2002. 99-105). Watanabe. 355-372.

05. 120 seconds = 31.9MPa which was significantly greater than that for the other times of 60 seconds = 31.6MPa.6+/-7.4 MPa and 180 seconds had 31. 1121-1129) compared the tensile bond strength of primary teeth etched at 3 different intervals and compared with a case control study. The results revealed that 5 seconds etching time of primary dentin with 37% orthophosphoric . They found that for OneStep. 60. 120s = 23. An in vitro study (Bolanos-Carmona et al. and the areas of failure were measured using an image analyzer.1+/-4. The fractured surfaces of all specimens were examined using SEM. For OptiBond Solo. 827-832).8+/-11. 60 seconds = 40. 120 or 180 seconds. 827-832. The hypothesis in the above study was tested in vitro whereas the current research may provide evidence of clinical relevance regarding the relationship of bond strength to vital dentin.16 dentin. and the dentin surfaces were conditioned with phosphoric acid for 15. Sanchez-Quevedo et al.8+/-7. Extending etching times has shown similar results on primary dentin as well.4MPa. 2006b.7+/-9.0 MPa. Mean bond strengths were statistically compared using two-way ANOVA and Duncan's multiple-range test and p value was set to 0.8+/-14. Resin-dentin bonded specimens were produced using two adhesives.9 MPa and 180 seconds = 12. 2001. The rationale for their study was excess etching of dentin has been shown to reduce in vitro bond strength as adhesive may fail to penetrate the over etched demineralized collagen network. primary teeth have less mineral content (SanchezQuevedo et al. One-Step and OptiBond Solo and tested for microtensile bond tests. 15 seconds showed bond strengths measuring 50.7 MPa. They used human premolars which were sectioned to expose the dentin surfaces. the bond strength decreased with increase in acid conditioning time. but evaluates over etching with vital dentin using the micro tensile bond strength as a measure. the bond strength in the case of 15 seconds acid conditioning time = 42. The purpose of the present research is similar. The hypothesis for their study was that increasing acid etching time in dentin will reduce the microtensile bond strength and a reduction in etching time may produce more functional hybrid layers. In contrast to the permanent teeth.9+/-10.6+/-4.3 MPa. 2001.

resulting in generally red stain. Although their primary aim was to evaluate etch times and bond strength. they also evaluated the demineralized zone thickness in the dentin after etching by using a dye which could stain the demineralized dentin and compare their thickness to etch times. The interface morphology was used to determine the associated interdiffusion zones by scanning electron microscopy and optical microscopy. 2004. Etching of dentin with orthophosphoric acid removes collagen. 458-464) concluded that extended etching can improve bonding to caries affected dentin. They used interface morphology along with tensile bond strength determination. They found that extended etching significantly increased . They treated the fractured /failure areas after testing for tensile bond strength with Masson’s trichromic acid staining technique which stains the mineralized type I collagen. however the adhesives applied on sclerotic showed the best results for bonding. In each slide. Tensile bond strength was significantly lower in primary dentin etched for 5 s compared to 15 or 30 seconds of etching. Additional samples were prepared for scanning electron microscopy observations. A few studies comparing etch time with caries affected dentin were done. The authors evaluated the effects of additional and extended acid etching on microtensile bond strength (µTBS) of two adhesive systems to sound and caries-affected dentin. Most of the studies carried out are based on the in vitro hypothesis testing which is specific to sound dentin. They concluded that 15 seconds and 30 seconds etch times produced better tensile bond strength nevertheless 5 seconds still produced some demineralization. A study (Arrais et al.17 acid produced a visibly demineralized layer when specimens were stained with Masson’s technique using optical microscopy. resulting in staining collagen green. three measurements of the depth of the demineralized dentin layer were taken and 5 seconds etching time of primary dentin with 37% orthophosphoric acid produced a visibly demineralized layer when specimens were stained but the thickness of demineralization increased with increase in etching time. They used image analysis software. Specimens were then examined in an optical microscope for presence or absence of a red band.

producing an average value of ca 38 MPa. 30s and 60s. the teeth were sectioned and alternate slices were either dried for 30 minutes in air. However. depending on the etching time. kept wet. After etch. With the increase in etch time. they stained the exposed collagen in various adhesive group interfaces. All samples were observed with an SEM. Simple techniques to evaluate the hybrid layers would lead to their improvements. (Paul et al. In relation to microtensile bond strength. 181-188) tested the microtensile bond strength on extracted teeth which was stored in dry storage. the silver uptake increased upon prolonged etching times. 501-507).5 mm around the bonded area. Here the author . Only the varnished samples were then stained with 50% AgNO3. raises concern about the long-term stability of the bond. The samples of the stained group were embedded in self-curing PMMA and polished. 1999. found that exposed protein stained red/orange in color using a light microscope which were indentified with all the adhesives and were obscure with transmission electron microscopcy. the bond strength decreased. Increased silver uptake. or they were coated with fingernail varnish except for 0. Short-term results suggested that overetching has no detrimental effect on bond strength values of Single Bond. wet storage and in a dye and the results showed no significance statistically in terms of storage but showed a significant difference with etch time. Increasing etching times seemed to have a negligible effect on bond strength of Single Bond. In another study (Spencer and Swafford 1999. Microtensile bond strength was tested using a Vitrodyne V1000 universal tester. The aim with the study was to evaluate the influence of etch times with microtensile bond strength of Single Bond and to verify the leakage of silver ions within the hybrid layer. Nanoleakage of silver ions was measured by exposure to laser ablation with an inductively connected plasma mass spectrometer and by electron dispersive elemental analysis. The etch times used were 15s.18 microtensile bond strength in caries affected dentin but they concluded that longevity with these results were questionable and recommended further studies. bond and resin application.

Their aim was to determine acid conditioning times associated with various dentin bonding agents. After etching the exposed flattened dentin . 108 molars where distributed equally among the 3 bonding agent groups which used a 2 step total etch system and each group was further divided into 3 groups based on the etching times. that resulted in incomplete penetration of bonding areas leaving a weak interface and to demonstrate this interface by a staining technique. a in vitro study (Abu-Hanna and Gordan 2004. 105-110) compared etch times with lower and higher etching times than the recommended 15 seconds with 3 different 2 step etch and rinse adhesive system with shear bond strength as a measure. They used third molars with various adhesive systems and the interface junction was cut for microscopic sectioning and stained with Goldner’s trichrome. The exposed protein stained red/orange in color using a light microscope was indentified with all the adhesives and were obscure with transmission electron microscopy. Their rationale was that other studies done to demonstrate the weak interface in bonding created by the acid conditioning were not being effective. The main aim of their study was to evaluate the effect of etching time by lowering it to 5 seconds and increasing it to 30 seconds from the recommended etching time of 15 seconds and evaluate their dentin bond strengths. Incomplete resin infiltration of demineralized dentin can leave exposed collagen which may be penetrated and degraded by some exogenous substances leading to weak interface. Acetone based OneStep (OS).19 concluded that microtensile bond strength studies with One-Step as the adhesive invariably showed most failures in the hybrid layer with the increase in etching time of 15 to 180 seconds. They concluded that evaluation of adhesive penetration in the decalcified dentin should be the first step in determining the tooth resin-composite interface and simple techniques to evaluate the hybrid layers would lead to their improvements. ethonal based Single Bond (SB) and water based Syntac Single Component (SSC) were the three different bonding agents. On the other hand. so developing a non destructive staining technique to expose the collagen at this interface.

The dentin surfaces were etched with one of the etching agents. relative thickness of the layer containing residual collagen or smear layer particles and formation of a submicron hiatus at the bottom of the exposed collagen network. which produces better bond strengths. fixed. The results analyzed using two way ANOVA showed no statistical differences between the etching groups in OS and SB but the SSC groups showed higher bond strengths with 5 seconds when compared to 15 and 30 seconds. The pH of each of the etching agents was measured. After 300 cycles of thermocycling between 5oC and 55oC. A study evaluated the effect of acid concentration on dentin (Perdigao et al. 1996. High magnifications revealed three distinct zones . This results may indicate that lower etch times would create an area of demineralization enough to facilitate complete infiltration of the adhesive monomer. the depth of dentin demineralization. These values were analyzed by ANOVA and Duncan’s test. 262-271). The hypothesis was that the use of different etchants with similar concentrations of phosphoric acid would result in similar depths of dentin demineralization. They obtained thirty dentin disks from extracted human teeth by sectioning. the teeth were tested for the shear bond strength and the fracture mode was analyzed using SEM. The results indicated that silicathickened etchants did not demineralize dentin as deeply as the polymer-thickened etchants and unthickened etchants. restoration was done with resin based composite (Z100) using one of the three adhesive systems based on the bonding agent groups following the manufacturer’s instructions. Six types of phosphoric acid etching agents were evaluated and the independent variables were two acid concentrations of 10% and 32%-37% and three thickener conditions.20 based on the etching times of the groups. The specimens were observed with SEM. The morphological appearance of the dentin surfaces was compared using the presence of a cuff of peritubular dentin. The mean deepest demineralization of intertubular dentin was measured from the fracture surfaces of the disks. dehydrated and dried. A correlation analysis was made of the pH vs.

an intermediate area with randomly oriented collagen fibers. The results obtained suggested that similar concentrations of phosphoric acid etchants containing distinct thickeners result in different demineralization depths as well as different morphology of etched dentin. few collagen fibers. and scattered hydroxyapatite inclusions. and a lower zone with a submicron hiatus. .21 within the demineralized dentin layer: An upper porous zone of residual smear layer or denatured collagen and residual silica particles in silica thickened etchants.

the teeth were sectioned to obtain two beams from each tooth and they were subjected to microtensile bond testing and the data was recorded.22 CHAPTER 3: MATERIALS AND METHODS 3.3 Hypotheses It is hypothesized that due to the vital and fresh condition of dentin in vivo after cavity preparation. 20 and 80 seconds. the type of failure mode in each sample was analyzed with the help of scanning electron microscope (SEM). The subjects were randomly divided into three groups of 5. and considering the lack of in vivo systematic observations on bond strength of over-etched dentin. 99-105) which found that excessive pretreatment of dentin with phosphoric acid would create a deep demineralized poor resin infiltrated zone decreasing dentin bond strength. Once the microtensile bond strength test was complete. Investigate the influence of different phosphoric acid application on vital dentin microtensile bond strength. 3. Twenty-six adults in the age range of 18-25 years and who needed extractions of premolars for orthodontic reasons were selected in this study.2 Research Question Based on the previous in vitro studies (Hashimoto et al. the variation on phosphoric acid time application will translate into similar microtensile bond strength. 2002. Statistical analysis was made to evaluate any difference between the three etching groups. The specific aims of this research are: A. Class I cavity preparation were made in these teeth and restored with resin-based composite.1 Overview The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of the different etching times on microtensile bond strength in vital dentin associated to a simplified two-step etch-andrinse adhesive. . After extraction. the following question is posed: Does increase of acid etching on vital dentin has an impact on microtensile bond strength? 3.

7 IRB approval This study involved three phases in order to be completed. there is a difference in the mean microtensile bond strengths.4 Outcome of interest Based on the hypothesis that excessive etching of dentin will significantly reduce the microtensile bond strength of resin dentin bond.6 Variables Etching time is the independent variable and microtensile bond strength measured in Megapascals (MPa) is the dependent variable. The first phase was the placement of the restorations in vivo. 3. . and the third was the processing of the samples for scanning electron microscope evaluation of debonded interfaces. 3. the second was the mechanical testing evaluation of resin-dentin interfaces created in vital dentin after different acid etching times. 3. specifically as the etching times increases. On the other hand. 5 seconds may represent enough time to achieve bond strength similar to 20 seconds. 3. the 80 seconds group was expected to see lower bond strengths than 5 and 20 seconds. a decrease in microtensile bond strength will be observed.23 B. Null Hypothesis There is no difference in microtensile bond strengths with different etch times on vital dentin. Alternate Hypothesis With different etch times on vital dentin.5 Operational Definition Specimen or Beam: A rectangular 2x2 mm sample of the resin-dentin interface obtained from the extracted tooth. Investigate any association between different acid etching time and fracture mode.

8 Teeth Sample The aim of the research was to evaluate the influence of different acid etching times on microtensile bond strength of a simplified two-step etch-and-rinse adhesive applied on vital dentin. a standard class I occlusal cavity preparation was performed on each tooth preceded by local anesthesia and rubber dam placement for complete isolation. After receiving the informed consent signed from the patient or parent. The inclusion criteria used for subject selection were: a. Brazil. All in vivo procedures were conducted at Guarulhos University. Willingness to participate in the study. The IRB approval number for this project is 200901773. c. The human subject’s office at Guarulhos University (UNG CEPPE) reviewed and approved the project. A total of 26 subjects in the age group of 18-25 years were selected to participate in this study. Class I cavities were designed with an occlusal depth of ±1mm below the dentin-enamel junction (DEJ). were conducted in the University of Iowa. No caries or hypoplasia in these premolars selected. Having premolars scheduled to be extracted for orthodontic reasons. All premolars (at least one tooth per subject) selected in this study were diagnosed for extraction as part of the orthodontic treatment plan proposed by the department of Orthodontics in the same university. Absence of history of spontaneous pain.24 The in vivo phase was conducted at Guarulhos University (Brazil) where teeth were restored and extracted. 3. d. e. Absence of apical pathology. College of Dentistry after the approval by Iowa Human Subjects Office. The occlusal preparation was centered at the middle of the occlusal surface with a smooth . The second and third phases. b. namely mechanical testing and fracture mode evaluations. Sao Paul.

The adhesive was light cured for 20 seconds. The premolars were randomly divided based on the acid etching times of 5 (n=8). A thin layer of microhybrid resin-based composite (Esthet-X™.5-3 mm. A uniform glossy appearance indicated the removal of the solvent. A generous amount of simplified two-step etch-and-rinse adhesive (Prime Bond NT™. This increment was then light cured for 40 seconds as per manufacturer’s recommendations using a lightcuring unit. Existing soft tissues were removed and . Excess of solvent could be removed by applying a gently dry. Table 1) was applied to the cavity preparation with a disposable microbrush. A 34% Ortho Phosphoric acid (CAULK® 34% Tooth conditioner gel. 20 (n=9) and 80 seconds (n=9). Table 1) was used to etch the enamel and dentin. Caulk. In the end. The gel was applied first on the enamel cavosurface and then extended to the dentin pulpal floor. The acid was water rinsed for 15 seconds and the excess of water removed with high suction from the surrounding areas of the tooth followed by blot dry of the cavity. To obtain consistency and to minimize inter operator discrepancies in the procedure. a single well-trained clinician performed all restorative procedures. Table 1) shade A1 was first placed in the pulpal floor of the cavity. Patient and/or parents were given post-operatory recommendations as per Oral Surgery Department of the same university. Shortly after the completion of the restoration. Once in dentin. The buccolingual dimension was between 2. the tooth was extracted following conventional techniques. Dentsply.5-3mm and the total depth of about 2. The acid etched dentin was kept fully wet by the adhesive for 20 seconds. Caulk. Dentsply. dentin was considered ready to receive the adhesive if superficial moisture was present. a dental assistant with a digital watch precisely checked the time. Dentsply/Caulk. clean air form the syringe for at least 5 seconds.25 even pulpal floor in the dentin using a pear shaped Brassler™ diamond bur.

. College of Dentistry.26 the teeth were stored in 100% humidity wrapped in water moist gauze and stored in refrigerator at 32º F until shipping to the Unviversity of Iowa.

Materials. composition and manufacturer MATERIAL COMPOSITION Phosphoric acid 34% Phosphoric Acid Acid etchant Highly dispensed silicon dioxide Colorant Water Prime & Bond NTTM Di.XT M Microhybrid resin based composite DENTSPLY Caulk MANUFACTURER .27 Table 1 .and Trimethacrylate resins PENTA (dipentaerythritol penta simplified twostep etch-andrinse adhesive acrylate monophosphate) Nanofillers-Amorphous Silicon Dioxide Photoinitiators Stabilizers Cetylamine hydrofluoride Acetone Resin-Based Composite Esthet.

rubber dam placement. cavity preparation and measurement of pulpal depth of the cavity preparation with a periodontal probe.Procedure of tooth preparation Sequence of images depicting initial prophylaxis. .28 Figure 1 .

application of the simplified two-step etch-and-rinse rinse adhesive and insertion of the resin-based based composite layers .29 Figure 2 .Procedure of restoration Sequence of images showing application of the phosphoric acid into the cavity preparation.

USA). each tooth was attached to the center of the Plexy-glass square support followed by sectioning in a saw machine. In order to achieve this. the mesial beam was distinguished from the distal by marking it with a blue highlight marker. one from the mesial and one from the distal surface.8 mm diameter using the CNC specimen former (University of Iowa. This was done to facilitate mounting of the teeth on 2×2 inch Plexy glass support (Figure 3).30 Upon receiving the teeth. Specimen sample preparation for microtensile bond strength analysis Teeth were flattened horizontally at the occlusal surface by slightly grinding the tip of the cusps. The Isomet trimmer uses rotary diamond blades at varying speed to allow sectioning of the tooth to any desired thickness by varying the distance between the cutting discs. a well-trained operator (AG) proceeded with the microtensile sample preparation and mechanical testing. Each beam was further trimmed to an dumbbell shape at the interface of resin and dentin to about 0. . The goal of the sectioning was to obtain two beams out of each tooth. Buehler). Using a sticky wax. IA. The roots were cut flat to about 2 mm below the CEJ using a saw machine and a diamond disc (Isomet 1000™. which is a computerized system used to obtain specimens for microtensile bond strength (Figure 3).

Tooth sectioning Sequence of images showing a grinded premolar prior to its stabilization with a stick wax over the Plexy-glass glass square support.31 Figure 3 . beam attached to a special device prior trimming of the resin resin-dentin dentin interface. final dumbbell sample obtained and ready to be mechanically tested . beam attached to attached to a Plexy by aid of a sticky stick wax. sectioned premolar with two beam identified with different water resistant shades.

Figure 4 . one failure in 20 sec seconds onds group and five failures in the 80 seconds group.Dumbbell sample on Dirks device Image of a dumbbell sample inserted on Dirks device and set in the testing machine prior microtensile bond strength testing . Figure 4) and subjected to tensile strength. Data were collected and transferred to an appropriate sheet. e each ach dumbbell was examined under a stereomicroscope for any preparation defects and their diameter measured using a digital caliper. Before mechanical testing. GmbH & Co. Tensile testing was performed at a crosshe crosshead ad speed of 1 mm/min in a calibrated materials testing machine (Zwick. 52 beams were obtained an and d trimmed to a dumbbell shape. These failures were from the following groups: two failures in the 5 seconds group.32 Out of the 26 teeth. During mechanical testing of the samples 8 failures were observed before testing and were considered pre-test test failures. Germany.

10 Statistical Methods Descriptive statistics were computed using the tooth as a statistical unit. SAS Institute Inc. CA). All tests employed a 0. USA) was used for the data analysis. Possible association between failure type and group of etching times was assessed using Fisher’s exact test. 3. SAS for Windows (v9.1. joint failure at the adhesive interface and mixed failure involving both cohesive failure in dentin or resin composite and adhesive interface. One-way ANOVA with post-hoc Tukey-Kramer’s test was used to determine whether there was significant difference in microtensile bond strength between the three etching times.05 level of statistical significance.9 Scanning electron microscope (SEM) After submitting the dumbbell to the testing microtensile bond strength. the fractured specimens were mounted on round aluminum stubs using cyanoacrylate glue (Zapit. In addition. Dental Ventures of America. NC. the Shapiro-Wilks test was conducted to test normality. USA). . A gold sputter coater (SCD-040) was used to sputter a layer of about 15µm thickness on the samples. Boston. The failure mode was observed under SEM (Amray 1820-D.33 3. MA. The fracture surface of each specimen was recorded as one of the four failure types: cohesive failure in the dentin. cohesive failure in the resin composite. Cary.

49 +/. 2008.e.11.11.09 +/. There were 8 beams which failed before testing for the microtensile bond strength.35 +/.1 Microtensile bond strength evaluation Descriptive statistics were computed from the recorded data using one-way ANOVA with post-hoc Tukey-Kramer’s test to determine any significant differences in microtensile bond strength among the three etching times.33 MPa with the pretest failure . There were 8 specimen samples which failed before the tensile loading and were treated as left-censored data and assigned a bond strength of 1MPa based on half the preload value of 1 Newton applied in material testing machine i.41 +/. and by the two conditions with and without considering the failure mode as 1 MPa.27 MPa with the pretest failure data included at 1MPa and 38.34 CHAPTER 4: RESULTS A total of 52 beams were obtained from 26 teeth samples among the 3 groups. 0. The descriptive statistics are summaries in Tables 3 and 4 by the surface and the etching time. Mean bond strengths for 80 seconds groups was 19. Table 5 includes mean bond strengths for all groups with and without the pretest failure. For 5 seconds group the bond strengths were 32. Statistical analyses were applied to test the hypothesis in two types of data collected.08 +/.10. including the mean and standard deviation values.17 MPa with the pretest failure considered at 1MPa and 38.57 without including the pretest failure. 178185) The pretest failure data were included the data as 1MPa and used in the statistical analysis. There were two failures in the 5 seconds group.5newton/0.63 without including the pretest failure. Mean bond strengths for 20 seconds groups was 36.9. These beams were considered as pre test failures.8. The remaining intact 44 beams were used for testing the microtensile bond strength and fracture mode analysis.5mm2 = 1MPa (Vachiramon et al. one failure in 20 seconds group and five failures in the 80 seconds group. 4. All data collected are included in Table 2.

35 included at 1MPa and 28. .35 without including the pretest failure.7. Figure 5 and 6 shows the comparison in the mean tensile bond strength with and without including the pretest failure.82 +/.

715 27.57 51.95 AVG_TBS 26.295 17.91 1 52.46 31.79 23.135 42.705 7.46 44.97 21.76 43.535 20.43 49.165 16.16 34.07 40.445 24.895 15.85 44.19 21.51 41.39 27.43 26.88 44.77 38.1 19.24 1 13.01 61.1 24.215 51.32 33.385 38.125 40.385 33.62 TBS_D 24.27 39.39 1 29.1 24.81 34.37 27.79 25.59 34.9 40.21 12.55 30.775 31.41 1 1 1 34.92 29.34 25.785 .91 55.94 31.66 35.31 35.21 1 1 28.78 1 37.705 46.95 48.98 58.19 36.56 42.36 Table 2: Data for microtensile bond strength in MPa for each group Tooth 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Group 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 TBS_M 27.24 28.95 29.05 10.08 31.87 26.95 44.485 11.

20and 80 seconds Note: Pre test failures are recorded as 1 MPa .37 Table 2 continued TBS_M = mesial microtensile bond strength in MPa of mesial beam TBS_D = distal microtensile bond strength in MPa of distal beam Avg_TBS = Average tensile bond Strength of mesial and distal beams Groups =Based on etching times of 5.

38 Table3 .28 11.83 Analysis variable: Microtensilebond strength Groups = Based on etch times of 5. Group Mean_TBS Mean_TBS/M Mean_TBS/D Std_Dev Std_Dev/M Std_Dev/D 5 sec 38.09 8.96 7.53 28.69 37.63 7.07 13.35 36.42 80 sec 28.35 6.57 12.93 20 sec 38.Mean microtensile bond strength by surfaces and etching times without including the failure mode.09 40.08 37. 20 and 80 seconds Mean_TBS = Average mean microtensile bond strength in MPa Mean_TBS/M = Mean microtensile bond strength in MPa of mesial beams Mean_TBS/D = Mean microtensile bond strength in MPa of distal beams Std_Dev = Standard deviation Std_Dev/M= Standard deviation of mesial beams Std_Dev/D= Standard deviation of distal beams .82 29.22 9.63 10.

20 and 80 seconds Mean_TBS = Average Mean microtensile bond strength in MPa Mean_TBS/M = Mean microtensile bond strength in MPa of mesial beams Mean_TBS/D = Mean microtensile bond strength in MPa of distal beams Std_Dev = Standard deviation Std_Dev/M Standard deviation of mesial beams Std_Dev/D Standard deviation of distal beams .69 10.23 32.Mean microtensile bond strength by surfaces and etching times with the pre test failure as 1MPa Group Mean_TBS Mean_TBS/M Mean_TBS/D Std_Dev Std_Dev/M Std_Dev/D 5 sec 32.02 17.33 9.58 Analysis Variable: Microtensile bond strength Groups = Based on etch times of 5.08 30.42 80 sec 19.69 18.19 20 sec 36.75 9.49 32.17 17.39 Table 4 .09 11.27 15.29 14.74 37.33 15.41 35.

82 A Groups Mean_TBS PTF[1MPa] = Based on etch times of 5.40 A 38.35 A 20 sec 36.40 Table5 – Comparison of mean microtensile bond strength (MPa) with and without pretest failures Groups 5 sec Mean_TBS PTF [1MPa] 32.49 A Mean_TBS without PTF 38.08 B 28.09 A 80 sec 19. 20 and 80 seconds = Mean microtensile bond strength in MPa including pretest failure as 1 MPa in data Mean_TBS without PTF = Mean microtensile bond strength in MPa without including pre test failure Letters A and B = Represents group comparison of the mean tensile bond strength. Means with same letters represent no significant statistical difference. .

Graph showing data comparison of mean microtensile bond strength with and without including the pretest failure 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 PTF WITHOUT PTF 5 seconds 20 seconds 80 seconds PTF: Pre test failure Y axis: Mean microtensile bond strength in MPa X axis: 5. 20 and 80 seconds groups with and without pretest failure .41 Figure 5 .

20 and 80 seconds .Graph showing comparison of mean microtensile bond strength PTF: Pre test failure Y axis: Mean microtensile bond strength in MPa X axis: Groups based on etching time of 5.42 Figure 6 .

2.33.3298. p=0. p=0. 22)=2. F(2. the average value was equal to the one value left. the data showed that there was no significant difference in micro-tensile bond strength among three etching times (Table 5).1195.2 Statistical analysis 4. That is. F (2. p=0. Comparisons of microtensile bond strength for distal surfaces The results from one-way ANOVA procedure revealed that there was no statistically significant effect for the etching time on the micro-tensile bond strength for distal surfaces. 23) =2.43 4. the data showed that there was no significant difference in micro-tensile bond strength among three etching times. Comparisons of microtensile bond strength at tooth level The results from one-way ANOVA procedure revealed that there was no statistically significant effect for the etching time on the micro-tensile bond strength at tooth level.1 Statistical results without the pretest failures data Comparisons of microtensile bond strength for mesial surfaces The results from one-way ANOVA procedure revealed that there was no statistically significant effect for the etching time on the micro-tensile bond strength for mesial surfaces.1875.84.76.2 Statistical results with the pretest failure data Comparisons of microtensile bond strength at mesial surface The results from one-way ANOVA procedure revealed that there was no statistically significant effect for the etching time on the micro-tensile bond strength at mesial surface. If there was a missing value at either distal or mesial surface. the data showed that there was no significant difference in microtensile bond strength among three etching times. That is. F (2.18. 18) =1.0851. F (2. the data showed that there was no . p=0.2. That is. 18)=1. 4.That is.

That is. Table 5 shows the results from Tukey-Kramer’s tests.44 significant difference in micro-tensile bond strength among three etching times at mesial surface. All fractures are grouped in any of the 4 categories which include cohesive failure in dentin. 23) =6. adhesive failure or joint failure and mixed failure if the fracture was in the adhesive layer and dentin and/or resin composite. Comparisons of micro-tensile bond strength at distal surface The results from one-way ANOVA procedure revealed that there was no statistically significant effect for the etching time on the micro-tensile bond strength at tooth level. Table 6 shows the failure mode in each group based on etching time. The list of fracture mode is represented in Table 6. 4. 5 seconds (Figure 7) and 20 seconds group (Figure 8) showed majority of their . F(2. the data showed that there was no significant difference in micro-tensile bond strength among three etching times on distal surfaces Comparisons of microtensile bond strength at tooth level The results from one-way ANOVA procedure revealed that there was statistically significant effect for the etching time on the micro-tensile bond strength at tooth level.0045.0972. 22)=2.30. p=0.3 Results from scanning electronic microscopy Once the bond strength was evaluated in each sample. F (2. p=0.91. the fracture mode was observed under SEM (Amray 1820-D) to evaluate the predominant type of failure. while there was no significant difference between 20 and 5 etching times. cohesive failure in resin composite. The post-hoc Tukey-Kramer’s test indicated that the mean micro-tensile bond strengths at distal surface observed in 20 seconds and 5 seconds groups were significantly greater than that observed in 80 seconds group. The failure mode was examined at 90 times magnification and analyzed using Fisher’s exact test. The results revealed no association between groups of etching times and failure association.

. 80 seconds group (Figure 9) showed about 40% of the failure as mixed failures with about 40 % of joint failures with only about 20% of failures as cohesive failure in dentin with no cohesive failures in resin composite.45 failures as cohesive failures in resin composite and dentin followed by mixed failures and a few failures as joint failure.

20and 80 seconds N = Sample size Type 1 = Cohesive failure at dentin Type 2 = Cohesive failure at resin based composite Type 3 = Adhesive failure Type 4 = Mixed (adhesive failure + dentin/ resin based composite or both) .46 Table 6 .Failure mode results Group N Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Type 4 20 14 4 2 2 6 40 17 6 2 3 6 80 13 3 0 5 5 Groups = Based on etch times of 5.

Graph showing the fracture modes in 5 seconds group 5 Secs Cohesive/Dentin Mixed= Adhesive+Dentin/RBC Cohesive/RBC Adhesive 14% 29% 43% 14% A chart representing a 5 seconds group and their percentage of failure mode .47 Figure 7 .

48 : Graph showing the fracture modes in 20 seconds group Figure 8: 20 Secs Cohesive/Dentin Mixed=Adhesive+Dentin/RBC Cohesive/RBC Adhesive 18% 35% 35% 12% A chart representing a 20 seconds group and their percentage of failure mode .

49 : Graph showing the failure modes in 80 seconds group Figure 9: 80 Secs Cohesive/Dentin Mixed=Adhesive+Dentin/RBC Cohesive/RBC Adhesive 23% 38% 0% 39% A chart representing an 80 second group and their percentage of failure mode .

50 Figure 10 .Graph showing a comparison of the fracture modes from each group. 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 5 Secs 20 Secs 80 Secs Mixed-Adhesive Adhesive + Dentin/RBC Adhesive Cohesive/Dentin Cohesive/RBC A graph comparing the failure mode among the 3 etching groups .

51 Figure 11 – Cohesive failure in dentin Picture 1 Picture 2 Cohesive fractures in dentin entin in 5 seconds (picture1) and 20 seconds (picture picture 2) groups .

Cohesive failure in composite resin Picture 3 Cohesive fracture in resin based composite omposite from 20 seconds group .52 Figure 12 .

53 Figure 13 .Joint failures Picture 4 Picture 5 Picture 4 and 5 showing j joint oint failure in the adhesive .

54 Figure 14: Mixed failures Picture 6 Picture 7 Picture 6 and picture 7 showing mixed failure .

55 Figure 15: Adhesive failure in the hybrid layer Picture 8 Picture 8 Higher magnification View of dentin side of specimen of 80 second group in low magnification showing failure in the hybrid layer (Picture 8). Higher magnification of picture 8 of specimen from 80 seconds groups showing failure in the bottom of the hybrid layer. .


When performing an adhesive restoration, clinicians are daily challenged with several steps involved that might be difficult to control, of which conditioning of enamel and dentin with acid to a specific time is one of the variables among the many factors that influence this adhesion process. For instance, there is a thought that phosphoric acid should be on enamel and dentin within periods of 30 and 15 seconds, respectively as recommended by various manufactures. However some cavity preparations for restoring direct or indirect restorations may involve large areas of exposed dentin to which need to be etched with acid uniformly. Conceivably, the dentin located on some surfaces of those preparations may undergo uneven or longer periods of acid conditioning than anticipated depending on the manner it is applied. So in this study the effect of extended etching time on vital dentin was evaluated in comparison to some in vitro studies that have been carried out to evaluate the same effect on the dentin (Abu-Hanna and Gordan 2004, 105110;Abu-Hanna, Gordan, and Mjor 2004, 28-33;Hashimoto et al. 2002, 99-105;Jacques and Hebling 2005, 103-109) and primary dentin (Bolanos-Carmona et al. 2006a, 11211129;Sardella et al. 2005, 355-362) by measuring bond strengths with either tensile bond strength or shear bond strength tests. Consistent with previous in vitro studies, the results of this study showed a reduction in the bond strengths with increase in etching time on vital dentin and the null hypothesis was rejected within the limits of the study and when pretest failure were included in the data. In all these studies the results have been consistent that excessive etching of dentin has an inverse effect on the bond strengths. Most of these tests were microtensile bond testing which is a suitable approach in evaluating the joint interface.

57 The groups with excessive etching time of dentin showed a drop in the bond strength irrespective of some variation with the type of adhesive system, or methods and these results were comparable to the results in this study. Major limitation of this study was the sample size. When a sample and power analysis was applied to the existing data, the total sample size needed to obtain a detectable difference between three groups with different etching times including the pretest failure were 375 premolars at 80% power , 0.252 effect size and standard deviation as 11. The total sample size increased to 492 premolars when the power was increased to 90% to detect any contrast with the same effect size and standard deviation. It is not uncommon to have some failure of samples during trimming or sectioning of beams before testing them for the microtensile bond strength testing and in these cases the bond strength of these samples is considered as 1 MPa and included in the data as left censored data for statistical analysis. On the contrary, when the pretest failures were excluded from the data, the total sample size needed to obtain a detectable difference between those groups were 54 at 80% power, 0.197 effect size and 10 as standard deviations. The total sample size increased to 69 when the power was increased to 90% to detect any contract with same effect size and standard deviation. There was a limitation to obtain these many subjects to fulfill this statistical requirement. Bond strengths with altered etching time produced a distinguished difference in the microtensile bond strength in the overetched group which were comparable to other in vitro studies, justifying that a deeper depth of demineralization and incomplete penetration of monomers of the adhesive to the base of the demineralized dentin. It is reported that monomer diffusion and polymerization is competitive in the deminerialized dentin in that the polymerization process will increase in the molecular weight which reduces the diffusion rate in this dentin and demonstrated non resin impregnated dentin in the groups with prolonged etching time (Nakabayashi, Watanabe, and Arao 1998, 379-


385). On the other hand 5 seconds group showed no significant difference in bond strength from the 20 seconds group. This could be due to the fact that the sample sizes in each of these groups were small for analyzing any statistical significant difference. At the same time when sample size was estimated using sample and power analysis to detect any possible difference between the groups showed that at 80% or 90% power, the sample size needed where very high yet there was a difference between the 80 second group and the other two groups even with a limitation of samples when the pretest failures were included. This raises a question and further research areas of lower etching times on vital dentin and its affect on the durability and bond strengths at the interface of the joint. Previous in vitro study (Abu-Hanna and Gordan 2004, 105-110;Abu-Hanna and Gordan 2004, 105-110) comparing the shear bond strength to different etching times had no significant adverse effect on bond integrity with etching times less than 15 seconds. This relates to optimum depth of demineralization and complete infiltration of the adhesive monomer to the base of the hybrid layer leaving no unprotected mineral depleted collagen.(Eick et al. 1997, 306-335) A comparison was made in this study with the different etch times with one group having excessive etching time of 80 seconds on vital dentin. Putting this into clinical perspective, there may be various clinical situations while etching a large area of tooth structure where extensive dentin is being exposed. In spite of being aware of the manufacturer’s recommendations of etching time with the particular etching agents, controlling the time on dentin to the specific time could be a challenge combined with the coordination of etching of enamel to be optimally prepared with longer etch times with up to 60 seconds (Gardner and Hobson 2001, 64-67) compared to dentin for optimum bonding surface and dentin not being over etched at the same time. Control of etching time is important; particularly over etching can be detrimental to adhesive strength, durability and among the many variables which affect the bond integrity, this is a variable which is completely determined by the operator.

however. However some studies show no difference in bond strengths with young and aged dentin (Brackett et al. 355-372) and most monomers in the adhesive systems being hydrophobic can result in incomplete infiltration due to outward movement of fluid from the dentinal tubules and thus interfere with the adhesive mechanism. The solvent in this adhesive drives the water away and facilitate a better affinity of the adhesive to penetrate into the demineralized collagen rich dentin (Hashimoto et al. Knight. 282-286) An etch-and-rinse system with acetone based solvent in which primer and adhesive are combined in one bottle was implemented.25 years and at this age the dentin is considered as young dentin. 99-105. (Van Meerbeek et al. Van Meerbeek et al. The dentin pulp complex demonstrates permeability that is characteristic of dentin which induces diffusion of the substrates responsible for the intrinsic wetness of exposed dentin (Pashley and Carvalho 1997. there is dentinal sclerosis which can affect bonding and related restoration loss rate. Extrinsic wetness of the dentin with moisture or saliva contamination can also affect the bond strength (Barghi. the type or location of dentin as a substrate can still have significant effect on the joint integrity. The subjects included in this study were in the age group of 18 .59 Besides etching time.Hashimoto et al. 195-202). 195-202. Vital dentin is a diverse structure for bonding. Some variables like the choice of adhesive systems. their application methods or the type of restorative material can be controlled by the operator but some variables like age of the patient. 2000. This type of dentin can behave differently as a substrate when compared to dentin with increasing age as there is clinical evidence that with increasing age. 406-411) and many in vitro studies have shown good bonding results with this system however. 2008. 130-135). in this study the restorations were performed under optimal moisture control with the use of rubber dam. and Berry 1991. 1993. due the technique sensitivity of this adhesive the in vivo results are lower in . there are many other variables which determine the integrity of the joint and durability of the restoration in the oral environment. 1993. 2002.

Adding to this when dentin is over etched. there was an increase in adhesive failures and the failures occurred at the base of the adhesive hybrid layer in the 80 second groups. The study was performed on short term duration which would generate various questions about long term durability in vital dentin treated with extended etching time. The amount and concentration of acetone as solvent in a important and when applied in thin multiple layers it resulted in increased monomer conversion (Holmes et al. the failures occurred in these weaker areas. 2003a. Majority of the failures were in the mixed failures in all the groups with the large percentage of mixed failures in the adhesive interface and dentin. the 5 and 20 seconds groups showed more cohesive failures than the adhesive failures.60 long term (Van Meerbeek et al. With the etching time. 1506-1512). The limitations of such long term in vivo studies could be the recruiting of subjects for the desired time frame since most of the subjects who are commonly recruited are subjects who are undergoing . This is suggestive that there could have been discrepancies between depth of demineralization and adhesive penetration and when stress occurred in these areas. it produces deeper areas of demineralized collagen and makes viscous adhesive fluid harder to penetrate to the complete depth as acetone evaporates quickly. However there was no statistical significant association with the type of failure mode and the etching times. This makes the use of acetone based adhesive system more challenging due to technique sensitivity. 215-235) due to intrinsic wetness of the dentin. On the contrary. 2007. Acetone acts as an excellent monomer solvent but at the same time it evaporates quickly after being applied and leaves a thick viscous adhesive fluid that does not penetrate completely in the exposed collagen. Every specimen sample tested for the microtensile bond strength was analyzed for failure modes using a SEM and the percentage failures were calculated. This could bring the better insight and fate of the unprotected collagen especially when left for a long time period in association with acetone as solvent.

61 orthodontic treatment and need their teeth extracted for orthodontic reasons and waiting long term in these cases who interfere with the orthodontic treatment. Further studies should be continued on vital dentin to evaluate any differences by increasing the sample size and power of the statistical procedures as this was a limitation of this research and the area of great consideration should be etching under 15 seconds which did not produce any statistically significant difference which could provide valuable information if any. Further studies are suggested in comparing vital dentin with different types of adhesives systems’ response to different etching times. It would be valuable to assess the areas of deeper dentin that has lesser intertubular dentin than superficial dentin to which the adhesive monomers penetrates. Nonoleakege analysis can also play a vital role in analyzing vital dentin treated with the extended etching times to evaluate the fate of the unprotected collagen and its degradation over a time due to incomplete monomer infiltration. .

the 5 seconds group and the 20 seconds groups had no statistical difference with the available sample size. In conclusion. inversely effected the microtensile bond strength by lowering it and thus rejecting the null hypothesis. there was no statistically significant difference among the groups. These results were achieved when pretest failures as 1MPa were included in the data but when they were excluded from data.62 CHAPTER 6: CONCLUSIONS Etch-and-rinse adhesive system requires etching with phosphoric acid as a separate step when bonding RBC to enamel and dentin. . On the other hand. over extended etching times on vital dentin associated with 2-step total etch bonding system showed lower bond strengths There was no association with the percentage of failure and the etching time in spite of the majority of the failures in the over etched groups being adhesive failures. within the limitations of this study. particularly on dentin has an influence on the resin-dentin interface. Further research is needed to evaluate the impact of shorter acid etching time on longevity of in vitro and in vivo resin-dentin interfaces. differences on etching time. However there was no difference with the other two groups of 5 and 20 seconds. However. 20 and 80 seconds) on microtensile bond strength of RBC bonded to vital dentin with 2 steps etch and rinse adhesive system. The failure mode analysis provided evidence that the majority of the fractures occurred in the overextended etch group where the joint failures and mixed failures representing weakened areas when compared to cohesive failures in dentin or RBC but these failures had no statistical significance with the duration of etching time. The results inferred that the group with overextended etch time of 80 seconds. This study evaluated the effect of three different etching times (5.

63 APPENDIX Failure mode 5 seconds group Composite side 1 Dentin side 1 Composite side Dentin side 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 7 7 8 .

64 Failure mode 20 seconds group Composite side 1 Dentin side 1 Composite side Dentin side 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 8 9 .

65 Failure mode 80 seconds group Composite side 1 Dentin side 2 Composite side Dentin side 3 4 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 .

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