Current concepts on adhesion to dentin

J. D. Eick, A. J. Gwinnett, D. H. Pashley, S. J. Robinson

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This review examines fundamental concepts in bonding to dentin. Emphasis is placed on the structure and permeability characteristics of dentin and how they may influence its interaction with adhesive resin. Several new techniques to examine the interfaces between resin and dentin are reviewed along with some of their limitations. The advantages and disadvantages of acid etchants/conditioners vs. self-etching conditioners/primers are discussed. The problems of matching the surface tension of resin-bonding systems to the surface energy of the substrate are reviewed in terms of wetting the various components of dentin. The problems associated with matching the permeability of intertubular dentin to the diffusibility of bonding reagents are explored. Speculation is advanced on how to ensure polymerization and wetting of dentinal collagen. Theoretical problems associated with dentin bonding and with bond testing are reviewed to encourage future research in this rapidly developing area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-335
Number of pages30
JournalCritical Reviews in Oral Biology and Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997


  • Acid etching
  • Adhesives
  • Collagen
  • Dentin
  • Polymerization
  • Polymers
  • Primers
  • Resin monomers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • General Dentistry


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