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Adaptation of two different calcium hydroxide bases under a composite restoration

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Robert Wassell, Professor John McCabe


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A preliminary scanning electron microscope (SEM) study was carried out to investigate how the adaptation of two calcium hydroxide bases (one chemically cured, one light cured) was affected by the polymerization contraction of a supervening light-cured composite resin restoration. Occlusal cavities were prepared in 40 sound extracted human premolars, divided into two equal groups. In the first group a chemically cured calcium hydroxide (Dycal, De Trey Dentsply, Konstanz, FRG) was placed as a base. In the second group a new light-cured calcium hydroxide product (Prisma VLC Dycal, De Trey Dentsply ) was used. The restorations were completed with an acid-etched, incrementally placed composite resin. The specimens were sectioned vertically and debrided. A replica was made of each half-tooth. The interfaces between composite resin/base and base/dentine were viewed and photographed in the SEM. The marginal adaptation at these two interfaces was classified into three categories according to the extent of the gaps that were observed. Prisma VLC Dycal base was found to be pulled away from the dentine floor of the cavity as a result of an apparent adhesion to the composite resin during polymerization contraction. Dycal was better adapted to the cavity floor than Prisma VLC Dycal. Disorganization of the resin-bonded Prisma VLC Dycal was minimal even after acid etching the enamel, sectioning and ultrasonic debridement. Dycal appeared to be more friable, and occasionally exhibited marked disorganization as a result of these procedures.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Papadakou M, Barnes IE, Wassell RW, McCabe JF

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Dentistry

Year: 1990

Volume: 18

Issue: 5

Pages: 276-280

Print publication date: 01/10/1990

ISSN (print): 0300-5712

ISSN (electronic): 1879-176X

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/0300-5712(90)90028-D


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