Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of two two-step and two single-step self-etching adhesives on dentin permeability using a computerized fluid filtration (CFF) test method.
Methodology: Forty recently extracted sound human molar teeth were sectioned at the mid level of the crown to obtain dentin discs of 1 +/- 0.2 mm. A total of 40 discs were obtained and randomly divided into four groups (n = 10). The permeability of the discs was measured using the CFF test method before and after application of the following self-etching adhesives: Hybrid Bond, G-Bond, AdheSE, and Protect Bond. Fluid movement measurements were made at 2-min intervals for 8 min, and a mean of the values obtained was calculated for each specimen.
Results: The in vitro fluid conductance of dentin discs treated with Hybrid Bond and AdheSE were lower than the dentin discs treated with G-Bond and Protect Bond (p < 0.05).
Conclusion: 1-Treating dentin discs with self-etching adhesives caused significant reduction of dentin permeability. 2-All self-etching adhesives allowed diffusion of distilled water. However, AdheSE and Hybrid Bond showed the lowest permeability.
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