Chemical exchange between glass-ionomer restorations and residual carious dentine in permanent molars: an in vivo study

Hien C. Ngo, Graham Mount, John Mc Intyre, J. Tuisuva, R. J. Von Doussa

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the remineralization of carious dentine following the restoration of an extensive lesion in a permanent molar with a high strength glass-ionomer cement (GIC). Materials and methods: Thirteen first permanent molars, which were scheduled for extraction because of the presence of extensive caries lesions, were selected for this study. They were first restored, according to the ART technique, using encapsulated Fuji IXGP, which contains a strontium glass rather than the traditional calcium glass. The cavities were prepared with a clean enamel margin and minimal removal of the carious dentine around the walls. After a period of 1-3 months they were harvested and subsequently sectioned and examined using an electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results: EPMA demonstrated that both fluorine and strontium ions had penetrated deep into the underlying demineralized dentine. The only possible source of these ions was the GIC restoration. Conclusion: The pattern of penetration of the fluorine and strontium ions into the dentine was consistent with a remineralization process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)608-613
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Dentistry
Volume34
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes

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