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Volume 12 , Issue 5
September/October 1999

Pages 432-438

Two-Body Wear Resistance and Degree of Conversion of Laboratory-Processed Composite Materials

Lisa A. Knobloch, DDS, MS/Ronald E. Kerby, DMD/Robert Seghi, DDS, MS/Meade van Putten, DDS, MS

PMID: 10709525

Purpose: The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the relative 2-body abrasive wear and degree of conversion of 4 laboratory-processed composites (Targis, Concept, belleGlass, and Artglass) and 2 direct placement composites (Herculite and Heliomolar) after 7 days of storage. Materials and Methods: Human enamel was used as a positive control for 2-body abrasive wear, and 10 cylindric specimens (3.5-mm diameter, 8-mm height) of each material were prepared and stored in distilled water at 37 2C for wear testing. Relative 2-body abrasive wear rates were determined using a 30-m diamond disk and a 2-body pin-on-disk apparatus. Subsequently, 3 polymerized specimens that had been stored in sealed polyethylene vials for 7 days were prepared for degree of conversion testing. The degree of conversion was determined on an infrared spectrometer using standard baseline techniques and various internal standards. Results: Statistical analysis using analysis of variance and the Tukey-Kramer multiple range test indicated significant differences between several of the materials tested for both 2-body abrasive wear and degree of conversion. Conclusion: Concept exhibited significantly less 2-body abrasive wear compared to the direct and indirect composites (P < 0.01). Concept and belleGlass exhibited a mean degree of conversion that was significantly higher than any of the other composites tested (P < 0.01).

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