Larissa C. D. de Oliveira Ferraz, Adriana L. M. Ubaldini, Bruna M. B. de Oliveira, Antonio M. Neto, Francielle Sato, Mauro L. Baesso, Renata C. Pascotto.

Journal of Biomedical Optics – Volume: 21, Páginas: ,Issue: 5,DOI: 10.1117/1.JBO.21.5.055003

This study analyzed the diffusion of two resin luting agents (resin cements) into dentin, with the aim of presenting an analytical method for estimating the thickness of the diffusion zone. Class V cavities were prepared in the buccal and lingual surfaces of molars (n = 9). Indirect composite inlays were luted into the cavities with either a self-adhesive or a self-etch resin cement. The teeth were sectioned bucco-lingually and the cement-dentin interface was analyzed by using micro-Raman spectroscopy (MRS) and scanning electron microscopy. Evolution of peak intensities of the Raman bands, collected from the functional groups corresponding to the resin monomer (C-O-C, 1113 cm(-1)) present in the cements, and the mineral content (P-O, 961 cm(-1)) in dentin were sigmoid shaped functions. A Boltzmann function (BF) was then fitted to the peaks encountered at 1113 cm(-1) to estimate the resin cement diffusion into dentin. The BF identified a resin cement-dentin diffusion zone of 1.8 +/- 0.4 mu m for the self-adhesive cement and 2.5 +/- 0.3 mu m for the self-etch cement. This analysis allowed the authors to estimate the diffusion of the resin cements into the dentin. Fitting the MRS data to the BF contributed to and is relevant for future studies of the adhesive interface. (C) The Authors.