Defying ageing: An expectation for dentine bonding with universal adhesives?

Zheng yi Zhang, Fucong Tian, Li na Niu, Kirsten Ochala, Chen Chen, Bai ping Fu, Xiao yan Wang, David Henry Pashley, Franklin Chi Meng Tay

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Objectives The present study evaluated the long-term dentine bonding effectiveness of five universal adhesives in etch-and-rinse or self-etch mode after 12 months of water-ageing. Methods The adhesives evaluated included All-Bond Universal, Clearfil Universal Bond, Futurabond U Prime&Bond Elect and Scotchbond Universal. Microtensile bond strength and transmission electron microscopy of the resin-dentine interfaces created in human coronal dentine were examined after 24 h or 12 months. Results Microtensile bond strength were significantly affected by bonding strategy (etch-and-rinse vs self-etch) and ageing (24 h vs 12 months). All subgroups showed significantly decreased bond strength after ageing except for Prime&Bond Elect and Scotchbond Universal used in self-etch mode. All five adhesives employed in etch-and-rinse mode exhibited ultrastructural features characteristic of collagen degradation and resin hydrolysis. A previously-unobserved inside-out collagen degradation pattern was identified in hybrid layers created by 10-MDP containing adhesives (All-Bond Universal, Scotchbond Universal and Clearfil Universal Bond) in the etch-and-rinse mode, producing partially degraded collagen fibrils with intact periphery and a hollow core. In the self-etch mode, all adhesives except for Prime&Bond Elect exhibited degradation of the collagen fibrils along the thin hybrid layers. The three 10-MDP containing universal adhesives did not protect surface collagen fibrils from degradation when bonding was performed in the self-etch mode. Conclusions Despite the adjunctive conclusion that bonds created by universal adhesives in the self-etch bonding mode are more resistant to decline in bond strength when compared with those bonds created using the etch-and-rinse mode, bonds created by universal adhesives are generally incapable of defying ageing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-52
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Dentistry
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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