Effect of oxygen inhibition of self-etching adhesives on enamel-dentin polymer bond

Tatsuo Endo, Takayuki Osada, Werner J. Finger, Marcus Hoffmann, Masafumi Kanehira, Masashi Komatsu

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Purpose: To determine effects of light curing of self-etching adhesives under ambient air or nitrogen on inhibition depths, enamel and dentin bond strengths, and marginal adaptation in dentin cavities. Materials and Methods: The adhesives investigated were: AQ Bond (AQB, Sun Medical; Kyoto, Japan), iBond (IBO, Heraeus Kulzer; Hanau, Germany), One-Up Bond F II (OUB, Tokuyama; Tokyo, Japan), and Prompt L-Pop (PLP, 3M/ESPE; Seefeld, Germany). Inhibition layer thickness (ILT) was microscopically measured on 3 disk-shaped specimens each. Shear bond strengths (SBS) on enamel and dentin (n = 8) were determined after 10 min and 24 h water storage of bonded composite specimens (Venus, Heraeus Kulzer). The marginal adaptation of bonded Venus restorations in cylindrical dentin cavities was microscopically evaluated after 10 min of specimen storage (n = 8) in water. The data were statistically analyzed using parametric and nonparametric ANOVA and post-hoc tests at p < 0.05. Results: Adhesive curing under air revealed significant ILT (μm) differences: IBO (4) < AQB (8) < PLP (12) < OUB (23). Up-on curing in nitrogen atmosphere, no inhibition occurred with AQB, IBO, and PLP, and < 3 μm for OUB. SBSs on enamel after 10 min or 24 h did not differ according to curing atmospheres (p > 0.05). On dentin, SBSs were higher after curing under N2 (p < 0.05). Irrespective of the curing atmosphere, marginal adaptation was good for AQB and IBO and poor for PLP; OUB revealed significantly smaller gaps under N2 than under air curing. Conclusion: Oxygen inhibition of the four self-etching adhesives investigated had no or only moderate effects on bonding efficacy to enamel and dentin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-38
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Adhesive Dentistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Mar 21


  • Cavity marginal adaptation
  • Enamel-dentin bonding
  • Oxygen inhibition
  • Self-etching adhesives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthodontics
  • Oral Surgery
  • Periodontics


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