Micro-tensile bond strength of self-etching primer adhesive systems to human coronal carious dentin

J. Doi, T. Itota, Y. Torii, S. Nakabo, M. Yoshiyama

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the micro-tensile bond strengths of three self-etching primer adhesive systems to normal dentin (ND), caries-affected dentin (CAD) and caries-infected dentin (CID). Human extracted molars with caries were used, and flat dentin surfaces ground by 600-grit SiC paper were prepared. The surfaces were dyed using Caries-Detector solution, treated with Clearfil SE Bond, Mac-Bond II and UniFil Bond, and then covered with resin composites according to manufacturer's instructions. After immersion in 37°C water for 24 h, the teeth were serially sectioned into multiple slices. Each slice was distinguished into ND, CAD and CID groups by the degree of staining, and the bond strength was measured in a universal testing machine. Scanning electron microscopic (SEM) observation was also performed. For statistical analysis, ANOVA and Scheffe's test were used (P < 0.05). The bond strengths of the three adhesive systems to CAD and CID were significantly lower than those to ND. There was significant difference in the bond strength to ND between Clearfil SE Bond and UniFil Bond, but no significant differences to CAD and CID among the three adhesive systems. On SEM, the hybrid layers in CAD and CID showed more porous structures compared with ND. The results indicated that the bond strengths to CAD and CID were not affected by a variety of self-etching primer adhesive systems because of the porous hybrid layer formation in carious dentin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1023-1028
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of oral rehabilitation
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004


  • Caries-affected dentin
  • Caries-infected dentin
  • Hybrid layer
  • Micro-tensile bond strength
  • Self-etching primer adhesive system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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