[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To investigate the influence of cavity preparation (MO/DO/MOD) and type of matrix system on proximal contact tightness of direct posterior composite restorations.
85 patients in need of a two- or three surface Class II direct composite restoration were randomly divided into two treatment groups. Group 1 was treated with a sectional matrix system combined with a separation ring (Palodent); Group 2 was treated with a circumferential matrix system in combination with a retainer (Tofflemire). Proximal contact tightness was recorded before treatment and directly after finishing the restoration.
For the two-surface cavities use of the separation ring resulted in a statistically significantly tighter proximal contacts at both the mesial and distal site (MO: 2.51±0.81 N; DO: 2.82±1.14 N) compared to the use of the circumferential (MO: -1.08±1.04 N; DO: -0.22±0.87 N) (p=0.01). Regarding the three-surface (MOD) cavities no statistically significant differences were found between the mesial and distal site, nor was there an effect of the used matrix system. No statistically significant influence of cavity design (mesially/distally) was recorded for all cavities (MO, DO and MOD).
Use of the sectional matrix system in two-surface Class II cavities resulted in statistically significantly tighter proximal contacts than the use of the circumferential matrix system. For the three-surface no statistically significant differences in contact tightness were found between the different matrix systems. Location of the cavity (mesially or distally) did not show to have any statistically significant effect on the obtained proximal contact tightness.
Journal of dentistry 03/2011; 39(5):386-90. · 3.20 Impact Factor
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Rare earth magnets have been used for rapid orthodontic extrusion of crown-root fractured teeth as an alternative to mechanical forces. Space limitations sometimes require grinding down the lower magnet, whereas in certain cases placing two magnets on top of each may be the most convenient clinical solution. This study evaluates the attractive force of neodymium-iron-boron magnets depending on the distance between them and on the number of magnets used.
One cylindrical parylene-coated magnet (Parylene Magnets, American Dental Systems, 3mm diameter, 2mm height) was attached to the load cell of a universal testing machine (/1449, Zwick). Either one or two magnets were mounted on the lower cross bar of the testing machine vertically aligned with the upper magnet. The attractive force between the magnets was recorded for distances up to 4mm. Subsequently, the lower magnet (or the top lower magnet) was reduced to half height and the recordings were repeated.
The forces [N] were:
Number of lower magnets
Distance between upper and lower magnets
The distance between the magnets was found to be the most important parameter influencing the resulting force, producing a tenfold increase between 2mm and 0mm. Using 1.5 or two vertically aligned lower magnets only produced a 10% increase, whereas the half-height lower magnet lead to a 30% reduction of the attractive force. The minimum force required to achieve a rapid extrusion is commonly considered to be 0.5N. So as to exceed this level of force, the distance between the magnets should not be lower than 0.78mm, 1,13mm, 1,17mm or 1,27mm if 0.5, 1, 1.5 or two lower magnets are used.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This series of case reports evaluated the impact of adhesive crown-root fragment reattachment in periodontally healthy teeth suffering from crown-root fractures on various parameters of periodontal health over a time course of 2 years.
A total of 20 teeth with crown-root fractures in 18 periodontally healthy subjects were evaluated. After open-flap access, crown-root fragments were adhesively reattached to the root stub. In all cases, the vertical difference between the alveolar bone crest and the fracture line was <or=1 mm, i.e. violating the biological width. Subsequently, clinical attachment level (CAL), probing pocket depth (PPD), bleeding on probing (BoP) and gingival index (GI) scores were recorded at 6, 12 and 24 months postoperatively for the restored teeth as well as plaque index (PlI) and periodontal screening index (PSI) values for the whole dentition.
Two years after therapy, recorded CAL, PPD, BoP, GI, PlI and PSI scores revealed healthy periodontal conditions in 18 out of 20 treated teeth. Two teeth had suffered again from fragment fracture due to new traumata.
Adhesive fragment reattachment in periodontally healthy teeth affected by crown-root fractures had no detrimental impact on periodontal health over a time course of 2 years.
Journal Of Clinical Periodontology 09/2009; 36(10):905-11. · 3.69 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objectives: To investigate clinically the influence of cavity design on proximal contact tightness (PCT) of posterior composite-resin restorations.
Methods: 40 consecutive periodontally healthy patients being in need of a Class II direct composite resin restoration participated the study. In 11 patients Class II MOD cavities were restored using a sectional matrix system in combination with two separation rings (Palodent Matrix System, Dentsply). In 29 patients Class II (16 MO and 13 DO) cavities were restored using the same sectional matrix system in combination with one separation ring. PCT was measured in Newton using a modified Tooth Pressure Meter (Loomans et al. 2006) directly before (T1), after restoration placement (T2) and after a period of two weeks (T3) at the site of treatment as well as at corresponding teeth in the contralateral quadrant as control. Differences over time were tested by ANOVA followed by the post hoc Scheff-test (p<0.05). Results: MO cavities showed an average increase of PCT over time from 4.262.19 N (T1) to 6.212.23 N (T2) and 5.641.90 N (T3) (between T1 and T2 or T3: p<0.05). Tightness in DO cavities increased from 3.913.21 N (T1) to 5.893.33 N (T2) and 4.352.75 N (T3) (between T1 and T2 or T3: p<0.05). In MOD cavities PCT only increased from 4.622.48 N (T1) to 4.902.40 N (T2) and 4.842.39 N (T3) the difference being not statistically significant directly after treatment as well as two weeks later (p>0.2).
Conclusion: When restoring Class II two-surface cavities the use of sectional matrix systems in combination with separation rings achieved tighter proximal contacts compared to the restoring Class II three-surface cavities.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To determine the influence of post type and luting material on bond strength to dentin.
The root canals of extracted human upper central incisors were instrumented and post space was prepared using the respective drills for each post system. Glass fiber posts (Luscent Anchor, Dentatus [LA]) were luted using three dual-curing adhesive systems (Excite DSC/Variolink II, Vivadent [VL2]; EnaBond/EnaCem, Micerium [ENA]; Prime & Bond NT/Calibra, DentSply DeTrey [CAL]). A different brand of glass fiber post (EasyPost, DentSply Maillefer [EP]) and quartz fiber post (DT Light Post, VDW [DT]) were luted using CAL. Gold posts (Perma-dor, VDW) were luted either adhesively following tribo-chemical silicate coating (Rocatec, ESPE-Sil, 3M ESPE; CAL) or conventionally using glass ionomer cement (Ketac Cem, 3M ESPE). Three slices of 2mm height were cut perpendicular to the post from each restored root. Bond strength was determined by pushing out the post using a universal testing machine (/1449, Zwick).
For all experimental groups combined, bond strength increased from the coronal to the apical section (Friedman test: P<0.001). Significant differences were observed among the fiber posts (DT/CAL>LA/CAL; Mann-Whitney U-test with Bonferroni-Holm adjustment: P<0.05; EP/CAL ranging in between) but not among luting materials (LA/VL2, LA/ENA, LA/CAL: n.s.). The gold posts were equivalent to DT/CAL with both luting procedures.
Selection of post type may be more important for bond strength than luting material. Bond strength of fiber posts was equivalent but not superior to adhesively or conventionally luted gold posts.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: AIM: To present a case with various morphological irregularities requiring root canal treatment and to discuss the problems and options for orthograde root canal treatment. SUMMARY: Root canal treatment of a double tooth presenting with an acute alveolar abscess is described. The anatomical variations of this tooth included double tooth, dental invagination, incomplete apical closure, three root canal systems and an internal lacuna. The tooth was treated nonsurgically with orthograde root canal treatment resulting in nearly complete radiographic apical repair after 4 years. Key learning points: *Double teeth occur infrequently and may be distinguished from fusion, gemination, concrescence and dental twinning. *Several malformations may be present in a single tooth. *Orthograde root canal treatment may be an adequate treatment option even in teeth with a complex internal anatomy.
International Endodontic Journal 12/2007; 40(11):908-15. · 2.05 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of shade-determining devices. For the daily practitioner, it is essential to know whether modern computer-aided shade selection is reliable in everyday life. So the question of how the clinical usability of these machines could be rated has to be clarified. In the following, three actual devices available in the market were compared using a human observer's perception. The SpectroShade device (MHT Optic Research AG, 8155 Niederhasli, Switzerland), the ShadeVision device (X-Rite Co., Grandville, USA) and the Digital Shade Guide DSG4 (A. Rieth, 73614 Schorndorf, Germany) were assessed with respect to their agreement with the color perception of three examiners looking at 57 test persons (six teeth each for a total of 342). Shades were reported in Vita Classical shades. It could be demonstrated that every single human examiner showed a significantly higher agreement value (human group on average 40.2%) when compared with the remaining five methods than each computer-aided tooth shade determination device. The devices reached on average only a value of 28.6%, whereas the X-Rite ShadeVision showed a significant better result (33.2%) than the MHT SpectroShade and Rieth DSG4 (27.0 and 25.7%). Identical shade results given by all three methods of a group (group of three devices and three humans) were found to be rather low for the computer-aided devices (9.9%) compared with humans (36.7%). All six methods together agreed in 3.3% of the cases. It becomes evident that the methods-especially the computer-aided shade determination-are rather divided about the respective tooth color. Deficiencies of the instrumental as well as the visual detection become obvious. The best agreement level was performed by the human examiners. The best agreement of the evaluated devices was obtained-generally as well as among the human testers-by the X-Rite ShadeVision system, followed at a statistically significant distance by the MHT SpectroShade and the Rieth DSG4. The agreement among the examiner group was 52.9%, significantly better than that of each device compared to this group (31.3% on average). Color detection and its realization are very complex. As shown, in many cases, computer-aided color shade determination of natural teeth seems to not reflect human perception.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The objective of this research was to observe the effect of different caries removal techniques on human dentin topography. Thirty-six dentin samples of bisected carious human molars were treated with six different caries removal techniques, replicated and then examined by using a scanning electron microscope. The surfaces were observed before and after the smear layer removal at a magnification of 200- and 1000-fold. At a magnification of 200 the sono-abraded samples showed a significantly more undulated dentin topography than samples treated with other techniques. Using Carisolv hand instruments for caries removal resulted both at a magnification of 200 and 1000 in a significantly rougher, flakier and more fissured dentin surface texture compared to other techniques. Microcracks were observed in samples from all excavation methods but most frequently when treated with Carisolv hand instruments. The excavation process results in a dentin topography marked by smooth, flaky and fissured surface textures as well as by microcracks. The relative incidence in which these textures occur may indicate whether the removed dentin was rather cut or fractured.
Schweizer Monatsschrift für Zahnmedizin = Revue mensuelle suisse d'odonto-stomatologie = Rivista mensile svizzera di odontologia e stomatologia / SSO 02/2005; 115(10):896-902.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The purpose of this work was to study the temperature rise caused by preparation of human dentin using two different types of oscillating instruments. A newly designed tungsten carbide tip (Cariex TC, KaVo) and a diamond-coated tip (Cariex D, KaVo) in combination with an airscaler (Sonicflex 2003L, KaVo) and two different flow rates of two coolants were investigated. For both tips significant differences in temperature rise were found between cooling with waterspray or with Plakout Gel (Kerr, HaWe) and using no coolant. A flow of 7.3 ml water/min was found to be sufficient to avoid any critical temperature rise, an excavation of longer duration without coolant cannot be recommended. The use of water-based highly viscous substances over a defined period during the caries excavation process seems to be a viable alternative.
Schweizer Monatsschrift für Zahnmedizin = Revue mensuelle suisse d'odonto-stomatologie = Rivista mensile svizzera di odontologia e stomatologia / SSO 02/2005; 115(6):536-41.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To determine hardness and solubility of light-cured resin-based composites after high intensity vs. soft-start quartz tungsten halogen irradiation.
Knoop hardness of resin-based composite specimens was measured at 1.5 mm depth after dry storage for 24 hours at 37 degrees C so as to indirectly evaluate degree of cure. Solubility was determined gravimetrically by extraction of post-cured (24 hours, 37 degrees C) specimens in 50 wt% methanol for 72 hours. Four hybrid (Filtek Z250, Herculite, Solitaire 2, Tetric Ceram), an inhomogeneously filled hybrid (InTen-S) and a microfilled (Filtek A110, formerly Silux Plus) composite were cured using the quartz tungsten halogen units Astralis 10 and Optilux 501 in the high intensity (Astralis 10 High Power: 10 seconds @ 1300 mW/cm2; Optilux Boost: 10 seconds @ 1140 mW/cm2) or soft-start modes (Astralis 10 Pulse: increase to 700 mW/cm2 within 10 seconds, three periods of 2 seconds @ 1300 mW/cm2 alternating with two periods of 2 seconds @ 700 mW/cm2; Optilux Ramp: exponential increase within 10 seconds, followed by 10 seconds @ 1140mW/cm2).
For the fast curing composites Z250, Tetric Ceram and InTen-S, equivalent hardness was observed after 10 seconds of high intensity and 20 seconds of soft-start irradiation. For the slower curing composites Herculite, Solitaire 2 and A110, the soft-start protocols produced higher hardness values. Regarding solubility however, the superiority of soft-start irradiation was also seen for Tetric Ceram and InTen-S. The lowest solubility was observed for InTen-S, followed by Z250, whereas Herculite and Solitaire 2 scored highest for this parameter.
American journal of dentistry 03/2004; 17(1):38-42. · 1.06 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To determine polymerization shrinkage kinetics and temperature rise of light-cured resin-based composites after high intensity vs. soft-start quartz tungsten halogen irradiation.
Shrinkage kinetics was evaluated using the "deflecting disk technique", modified for simultaneous measurement of temperature within the resin-based composite using a thermocouple. Additional irradiations after 60 and 65 minutes allowed the determination of temperature rises caused by radiation or by reaction heat. Four hybrids (Filtek Z250, Herculite, Solitaire 2, Tetric Ceram), an inhomogeneously filled hybrid (InTen-S) and a microfill (Filtek A110, formerly Silux Plus) were cured using the quartz tungsten halogen units Astralis 10 and Optilux 501 in the high intensity (A10 HiPo: 10 seconds at 1300 mW/cm2; OL Boost: 10 seconds at 1140 mW/cm2) or soft-start modes (A10 Pulse: increase to 700 mW/cm2 within 10 seconds, three periods of 2 seconds at 1300 mW/cm2 alternating with two periods of 2 seconds at 700 mW/cm2; OL Ramp: exponential increase within 10 seconds, followed by 10 seconds at 1140 mW/cm2).
The soft-start protocols produced less contraction, and polymerization shrinkage started later and progressed slower (or: more slowly), compared to high intensity irradiation [correction]. The lowest shrinkage was observed for InTen-S, followed by Filtek Z250 and A110, whereas Solitaire 2, Herculite and Tetric Ceram scored highest for this parameter. Temperature rise was caused more or less equally by radiation and by reaction heat and reached values of up to 28.9 degrees C relative to a baseline of 37 degrees C. For some combinations of curing modes and resin-based composites, less heat was generated by the soft-start protocols and by Optilux 501.
American journal of dentistry 01/2004; 16(6):421-30. · 1.06 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To determine polymerization shrinkage kinetics and hardness of photo-activated polymer matrix composites (PMC) after plasma arc vs. halogen standard or soft-start irradiation.
Polymerization shrinkage was measured using the 'deflecting disk technique', and Knoop hardness was measured at the bottom of 1.5 mm thick specimens stored for 24 h at 37 degrees C. The materials comprised one micro-filled (Silux Plus) and four fine hybrid PMC (Definite, Herculite XRV, Solitaire 2 and Z250). The irradiation protocols included halogen standard irradiation at three intensities (TriLight, ESPE), ramp curing (dito), step curing (HiLight, ESPE), pulse polymerization (VIP Light, BISCO) and plasma curing (Apollo 95E, DMDS; PAC Light, ADT).
Standard halogen irradiation at reduced intensity delayed the start and slowed down the progression of shrinkage strain, but (except for Z250) as well produced lower hardness. Soft-start halogen curing produced similar kinetics but maintained hardness. Plasma arc irradiation resulted in an immediate start and a rapid progression of polymerization contraction, but produced low hardness values in Definite (cured by the ADT unit) and in Solitaire 2 (both units). Z250 featured the highest, Silux Plus the lowest maximum rate of contraction. Despite soft-start irradiation, contraction of Z250 progressed faster than that of Silux Plus with halogen standard irradiation at high intensity.
Soft-start halogen irradiation protocols provide better chances for compensation of shrinkage stress by flow within PMC without compromising hardness and may contribute to a better marginal integrity of the restorations. Irradiation protocols should be individually adjusted to compensate for the different curing characteristics of PMC.
Journal of Dentistry 09/2003; 31(6):383-93. · 3.20 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study compares commercially available light-emitting diode (LED) lights with a quartz tungsten halogen (QTH) unit for photo-activating resin-based composites (RBC). Shrinkage strain kinetics and temperature within the RBC were measured simultaneously using the 'deflecting disc technique' and a thermocouple. Surface hardness (Knoop) at the bottom of 1.5-mm thick RBC specimens was measured 24 h after irradiation to indicate degree of cure. Irradiation was performed for 40 s using either the continuous or the ramp-curing mode of a QTH and a LED light (800 mW cm(-2) and 320 mW cm(-2), respectively) or the continuous mode of a lower intensity LED light (160 mW cm(-2)). For Herculite XRV and Filtek Z250 (both containing only camphoroquinone as a photo-initiator) the QTH and the stronger LED light produced similar hardness, while in the case of Definite (containing an additional photo-activator absorbing at lower wavelength) lower hardness was observed after LED irradiation. The temperature rise during polymerization and heating from radiation were lower with LED compared to QTH curing. The fastest increase of polymerization contraction was observed after QTH continuous irradiation, followed by the stronger and the weaker LED light in the continuous mode. Ramp curing decreased contraction speed even more. Shrinkage strain after 60 min was greater following QTH irradiation compared with both LED units (Herculite, Definite) or with the weaker LED light (Z250).
European Journal Of Oral Sciences 01/2003; 110(6):471-9. · 1.42 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The study tests the hypothesis that soft-start irradiation improves, whereas, high intensity irradiation compromises the margin quality and marginal seal of Class V resin based composite [RBC] restorations. Box-shaped Class V cavities were prepared in extracted, human third molars with cervical margins located apical to the CEJ. Cavities were restored using a multi-step bonding agent (Optibond FL, Kerr), a thin layer of flowable resin composite and two increments of fine hybrid resin composite (Filtek Flow/Filtek Z250, 3M ESPE; Revolution f2/Herculite XRV, Kerr). Light irradiation was performed using either the standard (40 seconds) or the soft-start mode (40 seconds with exponential increase) of a quartz tungsten halogen or an LED curing light (Elipar Trilight, Elipar Freelight, 3M ESPE); for high intensity irradiation, a Plasma Are curing unit was used with three irradiations of three seconds (Apollo 95E, DMDS). After 30 days of water storage and thermal cycling (n = 2500, 5-55 degrees C), margin quality was assessed in the SEM using the replica technique and marginal seal was evaluated using dye penetration (AgNO3 50%). Few differences were observed between the light curing protocols. However, less leakage was observed in the case of the lower shrinking RBC Filtek Z250.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To determine the release of leachable components from resin based composites (RBC) after plasma arc vs. standard or soft-start halogen curing.
The tested RBC were the fine hybrids Herculite XRV (Kerr), Solitaire 2 (Kulzer) and Z250 (3M), the micro-fill Silux Plus (3M) and the polysiloxane-containing Definite (Degussa). The irradiation protocols included halogen standard irradiation at three different intensities (TriLight, ESPE), ramp curing (dito), step curing (HiLight, ESPE), pulse polymerization (VIP Light, BISCO) and plasma curing (Apollo 95E, DMDS; PAC Light, ADT). Initial solubility was determined applying RBC into simulated cavities (molds of 6mm inner diameter and 2mm height fabricated from pressed ceramics) and eluting 24h in demineralized water at 37 degrees C. Medium-term solubility was evaluated using plain RBC specimens of equivalent dimensions stored dark (37 degrees C, 24h) and extracted in 50% CH(3)OH (37 degrees C, 72 h). After drying the specimens to constant weight, solubility and sorption were determined gravimetrically.
Medium-term solubility/sorption were higher than initial ones. Irradiation at reduced intensity increased solubility and sorption, whereas ramp curing, step curing and pulse polymerization (for most materials) maintained low values. Plasma arc curing worked well for Z250 and Herculite XRV, compared to medium or low intensity halogen irradiation for Silux Plus and Definite and produced moderately (PAC Light) or very (Apollo 95E) high solubility for Solitaire 2.
Reducing irradiation intensity does and soft-start protocols do not compromise solubility and sorption. The efficiency of plasma arc curing depends markedly on the types of photo-initiators used.
Journal of Dentistry 01/2002; 30(5-6):223-32. · 3.20 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study evaluated the influence of radiation intensity on polymerization of a resin-based composite (RBC) and compared the influence of guidance of shrinkage vectors vs irradiation at reduced light intensity on the marginal seal of Class V RBC restorations in vitro. The degree of cure was studied indirectly by measuring the Vickers hardness (1.96 N, 30 seconds) at the bottom of disc-shaped specimens 2 mm in height at different periods of time after light irradiation. After one hour, irradiation using a high-intensity curing light (Heliolux GTE, Vivadent, 600 mW/cm2) [HICL] from close distance for 20 seconds, 40 seconds or 60 seconds or a low-intensity curing light (Vivalux, 250 mW/cm2) [LICL] from close distance for 60 seconds produced higher hardness values compared to 20 seconds or 40 seconds using the LICL or using the HICL from a distance of 10 mm. After three and 24 hours, higher hardness was observed for all irradiation protocols. After 24 hours, only specimens irradiated by the HICL for 20 seconds or 40 seconds from 10 mm distance featured significantly lower hardness compared to the remaining curing modes. The influence of different irradiation strategies on marginal seal of Class V RBC restorations was evaluated in vitro using dye penetration after water storage (60 days, 37 degrees C) and thermocycling (2500 cycles 5 degrees-55 degrees C). The HICL produced more dye penetration than the LICL. Placing the light tip directly over or 10 mm above the center of the cavity ("standard irradiation, ["distance irradiation"]") resulted in similar penetration values. In contrast, positioning the light tip apical to the cervical margin and moving it slowly to the center of the cavity ("cervical start irradiation") compromised the marginal seal.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study investigated the efficiency of chemical activation of dual-cure resin-based luting cements as compared with light- and dual-curing. Curing was performed by (i) mixing base and catalyst without subsequent irradiation (chemical curing=CC), (ii) mixing base and catalyst with direct irradiation (dual-cure=DC) or with (iii) irradiation through 2.5 mm of leucite-reinforced glass-ceramics (IPS Empress, Ivoclar) (dual-cure through porcelain=DCtP), (iv) using only the base paste with direct irradiation (light-curing=LC) or with (v) irradiation through porcelain (light-curing through porcelain=LCtP). Specimens of four fine-hybrid DC resin composites and one self-cure hybrid resin composite (only CC) were prepared and tested after 24 h for flexural strength, modulus of elasticity (ISO 4049) and surface hardness (Vickers). For all materials and parameters, dual-curing produced higher values than LC, even when irradiation was performed through porcelain. Following self-curing without photo-activation, flexural strength was 68.9-85.9%, the modulus 59.2-94.5% and Vickers hardness 86.1-101.4% of the corresponding values obtained by dual-curing with direct irradiation. Light-curing through porcelain as compared with direct irradiation reduced the values for most parameters and materials. In contrast, dual-curing maintained flexural strength for all, the modulus for three and the hardness for one of the materials. The mechanical properties of the self-curing resin cement ranged between those of the DC materials.
Journal of Oral Rehabilitation 12/2001; 28(11):1022-8. · 2.34 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to compare different preparation methods and filling techniques for class II microcavities in vitro. The following methods were evaluated: Sonicsys halftorpedo, Sonicsys halfsphere, Sonicsys approx, Siplus, Piezo cavity system and rotating finishing bur. Every cavity type was obturated with a flowable (Tetric flow) and with a hybrid composite (Tetric ceram). One group consisted of prefabricated ceramic inlays (Sonicsys approx) and one group was filled with a three-site light curing technique. This resulted in 128 composite fillings. The evaluation of the quality of the margins under the SEM demonstrated a statistically significant higher percentage of perfect margins for Siplus compared with the PCS-System (88% versus 58% perfect margins). Marginal adaptation before and after thermocycling demonstrated the following results: Bewelled margins showed in general better adaptation than box-shaped cavities. Similar results were found for normal and flowable composites. Microcavities with occlusal access prepared with the sonicsys halfsphere showed in general better marginal adaptation in comparison to the other methods tested. It was concluded that simple obturation techniques can lead to a stable adaptation of the margins.
Schweizer Monatsschrift für Zahnmedizin = Revue mensuelle suisse d'odonto-stomatologie = Rivista mensile svizzera di odontologia e stomatologia / SSO 02/2001; 111(1):19-27.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The purpose of this retrospective study was to determine the longevity and quality of Class II resin composite restorations with Sonicsys approx inserts placed in private practice. In 79 patients 213 composite restorations with margins in enamel and in dentin were evaluated clinically using a modified version of established USPHS-Criteria. The mean time in clinical service was 18+-8 months. The majority of the restorations investigated were rated as "good" (Alpha) or "clinically acceptable" (Bravo). In more than 90% sufficient proximal contact points were evaluated. Seven restorations had no contact to their adjacent tooth. Only one failed after an average period of 18 months in clinical service because of loss of the ceramic insert and was replaced. It is concluded that the composite restoration in combination with Sonicsys insert is an appropriate system for the restoration of Class II lesions in premolar and permanent molar teeth.
Schweizer Monatsschrift für Zahnmedizin = Revue mensuelle suisse d'odonto-stomatologie = Rivista mensile svizzera di odontologia e stomatologia / SSO 02/2001; 111(2):152-8.