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Krishna Prasada L,1 Jyothsna S Jathanna,2 Naveen Kumar,3 Ramya M.K,4 Elizabeth Issac5

1,2,3,4,5: Department of Conservative dentistry and Endodontics,KVG Dental College, Sullia, Karnataka, India.

Address for correspondence:

Dr. Krishna Prasada L

Department of Conservative dentistry and Endodontics,

KVG Dental College, Sullia.

Year: 2017, Volume: 9, Issue: 2, Page no. 4-10, DOI: 10.26715/rjds.9_2_3
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Abstract

BACKGROUND: To determine the effectiveness of three polishing systems on three different composite materials by evaluating surface roughness using a Profilometer and Scanning electron microscope.

METHODOLOGY: A total of Sixty-three resin composite disks were prepared in rectangular acrylic mould of 8×2mm dimension, with 4mm thickness. Specimens were made of light activated resin composite Filtek Z-250-XT, Tetric-N-Ceram bulkfill, Ceram X Duo. The sixty-three samples were divided into three groups of twenty-one samples each i.e. Group A (Filtek Z-250-XT), Group B (TetricN-Ceram bulkfill) and Group C (Ceram-X-Duo).Out of 21 samples of each of the material, 7 specimens were polished with multi enhance polishing agents, 7 specimens were polished with super snap polishing agents and 7 specimens were polished with sof-lexdiscs.Surface roughness of each sample after polishingwasevaluatedusingProfilometer and Scanning electron microscope.

RESULTS: One-way anova and kruskalwallis test was used for statistical analysis. Ceram-X-Duo gave least roughness average value with Super snap polishing system when compared to multi enhance and sof-lex polishing system.

CONCLUSION: Super snap polishing system is a better polishing system than multi enhance and soflex and Ceram-X-Duo composite material offers better polishability compared to Filtek Z-250-XT and Tetric-N-Ceram bulk fill.

<p><strong>BACKGROUND:</strong> To determine the effectiveness of three polishing systems on three different composite materials by evaluating surface roughness using a Profilometer and Scanning electron microscope.</p> <p><strong>METHODOLOGY:</strong> A total of Sixty-three resin composite disks were prepared in rectangular acrylic mould of 8&times;2mm dimension, with 4mm thickness. Specimens were made of light activated resin composite Filtek Z-250-XT, Tetric-N-Ceram bulkfill, Ceram X Duo. The sixty-three samples were divided into three groups of twenty-one samples each i.e. Group A (Filtek Z-250-XT), Group B (TetricN-Ceram bulkfill) and Group C (Ceram-X-Duo).Out of 21 samples of each of the material, 7 specimens were polished with multi enhance polishing agents, 7 specimens were polished with super snap polishing agents and 7 specimens were polished with sof-lexdiscs.Surface roughness of each sample after polishingwasevaluatedusingProfilometer and Scanning electron microscope.</p> <p><strong>RESULTS:</strong> One-way anova and kruskalwallis test was used for statistical analysis. Ceram-X-Duo gave least roughness average value with Super snap polishing system when compared to multi enhance and sof-lex polishing system.</p> <p><strong>CONCLUSION:</strong> Super snap polishing system is a better polishing system than multi enhance and soflex and Ceram-X-Duo composite material offers better polishability compared to Filtek Z-250-XT and Tetric-N-Ceram bulk fill.</p>
Keywords
Profilometer, Polishability, Surface roughness.
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INTRODUCTION

Composite resins of today provide improved strength, resistance to wear, and better aesthetics, compared to earlier generation composites.Composites materials have evolved with the science behind them solving many of the problems experienced with materials of the past.1 Adequate finishing and polishing of resin composites is a prerequisite for high quality aesthetics and enhanced longevity of resinbased restorations.2 Measurement and analysis of surface of composites provide an excellent diagnostic tool for comparing both proprietary composites and process that produces polished surface.3

Composites containing a high concentration of only nano-sized fillers have been introduced and are called ‘nanofills’. One of the advantages of particle size reduction is excellent surface finish that can be achieved. Manufacturers claim that these ‘new’ composites have the strength of hybrids and polish of a microfill.4 There is a desire to understand three dimensional surface structure of an observed material because of 3D nature of surface and its interactions in-vivo. Profilometry proved to be an excellent method to study the surface roughness.5,6 Scanning Electron Microscope has the capacity to detect the variations in surface morphology.7

The search for an ideal polishing agent for dental composite is ongoing. Several polishing tools have been used over the years ranging from multiple step system using fine and super fine diamond finishing burs, abrasive disks, diamond and silicon impregnated soft rubber cups to one step polishing system.5 The need for this study is to compare the surface roughness of these three composite materials (Filtek Z-250- XT, Tetric-N-cerambulkfill and ceram-X-duo) which are polished by three different finishing and polishing systems namely, multi enhance, super snap and sof-lex polishing discs using Profilometer and Scanning electron microscope.

METHODOLOGY

Specimen preparation

Total of sixty-three resin composite specimens were prepared in rectangular acrylic mould of 8×2mm dimension, with 4mm thickness. Mylar strip was placed on a glass slide. Acrylic molds were placed on this mylar strip. The mould was bulk-filled to slight excess covered with another mylar strip, and pressed with another top glass slide and the excess flush was removed with a top glass slide. It was cured with Smart Lite PS 230V of Dentsply. It is a blue LED unit with a light intensity of 950mW/cm2for 20 seconds in a wiping mode, from front and back of the specimens. Light –cured resin composite specimens were pushed out of their molds and stored at ambient atmosphere for a maximum of 1 hour before initial surface roughness determination. Reverse side of the disk was abraded with 600-grit silicon carbide abrasive under running water. Sixty three samples were divided into three groups of twenty one samples each.

The following are the three groups: The sixtythree samples were divided into three groups of twenty-one samples each. Group A (Filtek Z-250-XT): 21 samples were prepared of Filtek –Z-250-XT, Group B (Tetric-N-Ceram bulkfill) : 21 samples were prepared of Tetric-N-ceram, Group C (Ceram-X-Duo): 21 samples were prepared of Ceram-X-Duo. Out of 21 samples of each of the material, seven specimens were polished with multi enhance polishing agents, seven specimens were polished with super snap polishing agents, seven specimens were polished with sof-lex discs.

Polishing Procedure

Polishing of specimens cured under mylar strip: For Group A1, Group B1, Group C1, specimens were polished with multi enhance polishing discs. For Group A2, Group B2, Group C2, specimens were polished with super snap discs.

For Group A3, Group B3,Group C3, specimens were polished with sof-lex discs. For the above mentioned groups, polishing with super snap and sof-lex discs were performed as follows: For the first round of polishing, the largest abrasive particle size was used. All polishing procedures were performed intermittently for 20 seconds at low speed. After the first round of polishing using the largest abrasive particle size of each polishing system, the surface roughness of the polished specimens was measured. Likewise, after the second round of polishing using a reduced abrasive particle size, surface roughness was measured again. Third round of polishing was done with fine grit discs and final round of polishing is done with superfine grit discs followed by surface roughness measurement.

Polishing of specimens ground on 600 grit SiC paper with the same specimens cured under the mylar strip, their reverse side were manually ground for 10 seconds on wet 600-grit Silicon Carbide paper under slight pressure and in varying directions. After rinsing and air drying, the same polishing procedures and sequences as followed for mylar strip cured surfaces were performed on the pre-ground surfaces. To prevent operator variability, the same operator performed all the polishing procedures. Each polishing tool or disc was discarded after being used on three specimen surfaces only. After the specimens were polished, it was analysed for surface roughness determination using a Profilometer and Scanning Electron Microscope at National Institute of Technology, Karnataka. Profilometer readings were made at the centre of each specimen, and the numerical average was determined for each group.

Profilometer

Surface roughness was measured using 2D Profilometer SJ 301. Each specimen was measured five times at different locations and in different directions near the centre of the specimen, and the average roughness Ra value was derived from these five readings. For each measurement, stylus was automatically moved forward and backward three times along the same path.

Scanning Electron Microscope

Both the surfaces of specimens were sputter coated with gold to a thickness of 10nm and then subjected to Scanning Electron Microscope. Photographs were taken at 1000× and 3000× magnification.

RESULTS

Mean and standard deviations were estimated for each study group. Mean values were compared by using One-way ANOVA and KRUSKAL WALLIS test. Standard deviation and ‘P’ value for mylar strip side and reverse side were compared using Wilcoxon signed rank sum test.

Ra value in micrometre for Group A1, Group A2, Group A3 showed average value of 0.98µm, 0.20 µm, 0.42 µm (mylar side) respectively and 1.25µm, 1.24 µm, 1.89 µm (reverse side) respectively,

Ra value in micrometre for Group 1, Group B2 Group B3 showed maximum roughness average value of 1.19 µm,0.19 µm, 1.03µm (mylar side) respectively and 2.36 µm, 1.20 µm, 1.99 µm (reverse side) respectively. Ra value in micrometre for Group C1, Group C2, Group C3 showed maximum roughness average value of 0.69 µm, 0.15 µm, 0.42µm (mylar side), and 1.12 µm, 0.72 µm ,0.97 µm (reverse side)respectively. The Mean Ra value on the reverse side is greater than the Mylar strip side with all the groups when polished with different polishing systems. Among the groups, the least mean surface roughness value is seen with super snap polishing systemi.e. 0.347, 0.541 and 0.127 respectively. Least surface roughness average was shown by Ceram-X-Duo (0.127) when polished with super snap polishing system.

Maximum surface roughness average value is seen with multi enhance with all the three Groups i.e. 0.440, 0.850 and 0.391 respectively (Graph 1).

DISCUSSION

Surface quality of dental restorations is one of the important factors that determines the success of a restoration.8 As for the surface quality of resin composite restorations, it has been established that it is closely related to both the polishing procedure and inherent material characteristics such as size, hardness, amount of filler particles, and structure of the resin matrix.2 Finishing and polishing techniques have a significant effect on the surface roughness, microhardness and marginal sealing ability of composite restorations.9

In this present study, all specimens in all the Groups i.e. Group A, Group B, and Group C showed least surface roughness on the mylar strip side compared to the reverse side which was abraded with SiC abrasive paper. This is in accordance with the study done by LS Turkun and M Turkun in the year 2004. Although Mylar strip produces lower surface roughness, most of clinical situations requires removal of excess composite material in order to ultimately obtain a smooth glossy surface. Surface imperfections in the Mylar strip will be reproduced in the surface of the restoration. Hence contouring and finishing of composite restoration needs to determine the finishing tool that effectively produces smoothest surface.6 Smooth surface that is obtained after simply polymerizing the material against a matrix strip consists of organic matrix that is less dense. Hence removal of superficial layer increases the resistance of the surface making it denser and harder.9

Among the Groups, Group C i.e.Ceram-X-Duo has shown the least mean surface roughness value with all the three polishing systems when compared with other groups. This is in accordance with the study conducted earlier where Ceram-XDuo has shown smoothest surface compared to other materials used in the study.10

Ceram –X-Duo is a nanofill composite having high loading of nano-sized particles offering improved polishability and long term gloss.Filtek Z-250-XT and Tetric N –Ceram Bulkfillarenanohybrid composites which exhibit highest surface roughness as particles protrude from the surface during polishing procedure.11 Physical properties of resin matrix can affect the degree of polishability of composite resin materials.4 Reason for the difference in surface roughness between the three composites when polished with identical polishing system may be indicative of fillers in the system. Higher levels of surface roughness correlate to larger filler particle size.12

In the present study, Filtek Z-250-XT has shown lesser surface roughness average than Tetric-NceramBulkfill. This coincides with the earlier study conducted by HAN and ZHANG et al. where both Filtek Z-250-XT andTetric-N-ceramBulkfill exhibited rough surface compared to other materials.13 Filtek Z-250-XT is a nano-hybrid composite with silica fillers which are large and irregular ranging from 0.2µ to 1µ. The nano portion of this nano-hybrid consists of nano silica particles and nano zirconia/ silica clusters. Hence it is a unique hybridization of engineered nanoparticles. Tetric-N-ceramBulkfill is a unique nano-hybrid composite developed specially for the fast, efficient ‘bulk placement’.

Nanotechnology represents an evolution on balance of aesthetics and mechanical properties. However, it is not only the composition (resin matrix and inorganic fillers) and material type are responsible for maintaining the surface smoothness but also the finishing and polishing procedures. Sequential use of less abrasive instruments favour smoothness compared to one step device.14

In this study, Group A (FiltekZ-250-XT),Group B (Tetric- N-Ceram Bulkfill) and Group C (Ceram –X–Duo) had shown maximum roughness average value with multi enhance polishing system and least roughness average value with super snap polishing system. This coincides with the previous study conducted by Stoddard and Johnson in 1991, and AUJ YAP in 1997 where super snap discs created a smoother surface than sof-lex discs.15,16

In this study, the surface characteristics of the finished and polished composites were determined qualitatively using SEM and 2D profilometry. 2D profile tracings provide quantitative recording of surface irregularities. Ra value is the arithmetic average value to assess the surface quality of polished resin composites. If the surface roughness (Ra) values were above 0.2µm, it exceeded the clinically acceptable threshold for composite resin restorations.2

Super snap discs showed Ra values below 0.2µm with all the three Groups. When there is increase in surface roughness above 0.2 µm, there is simultaneous increase in plaque accumulation and increase risk of caries and periodontal inflammation.17

Scanning Electron Microscope has the capacity to detect the variations in surface morphology.7 SEM Photographs are used to compare the effects of polishing on the surfaces of composite resins.18 Rough surfaces suggest particles pulled out creating nanopores. Smoother surface appearance suggests more effective bonding between the matrix and the filler.19

In this study, Scanning Electron Microscope photographs have shown that Teric-N-Ceram bulkfillexhibited roughest surface when polished with all the three polishing systems which is in accordance with the earlier study conducted by Tatsuo and Wemer et.al Group A(Filtek Z-250-XT) and Group C (Ceram-X-Duo) exhibited smooth and uniformly abraded\ surface with super snap polishing system.2

Correlation to clinical practice may be limited to situations where accessible relatively flat surfaces are finished. Further studies incorporating a spectrum of composite materials are needed to determine which polishing technique are best suited to clinical situations where access is limited and restoration surfaces are not flat.

CONCLUSION

On the basis of this study it can be concluded that Super snap polishing system is a better polishing system than multi enhance and sof-lex and. Ceram-X-Duo composite material offers better polishability compared to Filtek Z-250-XT and Tetric-N-Ceram bulk fill. 

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