1993 Volume 27 Issue 2 Pages 77-87
The degree of obturation of dentinal tubules as well as the dentinal uptake of F, Zn and Sr was investigated after placement of glass ionomer cement (GIC) containing variable proportions of the tannin-fluoride preparation, HY agent, into freshly prepared cavities.
It was found that when HY agent was incorporated into the cement powder, there was both increase in electrical resistance in the dentinal floor of the GIC-restored cavity in addition to inhibition of dye penetration. Further, these changes were directly proportional to the concentration of HY agent. Electron probe microanalysis of the principal constituents of HY agent (F, Zn and Sr) revealed that the penetration depth for F and Zn was also directly proportional to the relative amount of incorporated HY agent, whereas Sr could not be detected regardless of HY concentration. Results clearly demonstrated that the higher the concentration of HY agent incorporated into GIC, the greater the degree of dentinal tubular obturation.