2016 Volume 35 Issue 2 Pages 166-173
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the µTBS (microtensile bond strength) of currently available self-etching adhesives with an experimental self-etch adhesive in normal and caries-affected dentin, using a portable hardness measuring device, in order to standardize dentin Knoop hardness. Normal (ND) and caries-affected dentin (CAD) were obtained from twenty human molars with class II natural caries. The following adhesive systems were tested: Mega Bond (MB), a 2-step self-etching adhesive; MTB-200 (MTB), an experimental 1-step self-etching adhesive (1-SEA), and two commercially available one-step self-etching systems, G-Bond Plus (GB) and Adper Easy Bond (EB). MB-ND achieved the highest µTBS (p<0.05). The mean µTBS was statistically lower in CAD than in ND for all adhesives tested (p<0.05), and the 2-step self-etch adhesive achieved better overall performance than the 1-step self-etch adhesives.