2012 Volume 31 Issue 6 Pages 909-915
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ability of a coating material containing the surface pre-reacted glass-ionomer (S-PRG) filler to protect the root from demineralization in vitro. The proprietary coating resin containing the S-PRG filler (PRG Barrier Coat) was applied to human root dentin and immersed in acid buffer at pH 4.5 for 3 d. Demineralization was evaluated by micro-CT scanning and the dentin-material interface observed by scanning electron microscopy. The ability of the coating resin to modify acid production by Streptococcus mutans was investigated by monitoring pH using an ion-sensitive field-effect transistor pH electrode. Application of PRG Barrier Coat produced a coating layer with the thickness of approximately 200 µm and completely inhibited demineralization. The bacteria-induced pH fall at the material surface was significantly inhibited. We conclude that S-PRG fillercontaining coating resin may be an effective material for protecting exposed root from both chemical and biological challenges.