Microleakage of four Class II resin composite insertion techniques at intraoral temperature

Thomas J. Hilton, Richard S. Schwartz, Jack L. Ferracane

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Twenty recently extracted human molars had standardized Class II slot cavities prepared on the mesial and distal surfaces with the gingival floor located on dentin. The teeth were embedded in a stone template, warmed to 37°C, and restored immediately using one of two incremental placement techniques with visible light-cured composite (VLC), or one of two directed shrinkage placement techniques using an autocure/VLC composite combination. Teeth were stored at 37°C for 2 weeks, thermocycled, stained, sectioned in the middle of the preparation, and evaluated for dye penetration. Reevaluation of the microleakage following removal of the resin composite from the preparation revealed greater microleakage at the gingival margin than did the initial sectioning technique. There were no differences among any of the groups. Enamel margins exhibited minimal leakage and no differences among the groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-144
Number of pages10
JournalQuintessence international
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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