An Evaluation of the Effect of Bleaching Agent on Microhardness of a New Silorane-Based Restorative System and Methacrylate-Based Restorative Material


Background: The high reactivity of hydrogen peroxide used in bleaching agents have raised important questions on their potential adverse effects on physical properties of restorative materials. The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the effect of in-office bleaching agents on the microhardness of a new Silorane-based restorative material in comparison to methacrylate-based restorative material.Materials and method: Forty specimens of Filtek™ P90 (3M ESPE,USA) and Filtek™ Supreme XT (3M ESPE, USA) of (8mm diameter and 3m height) were prepared. All specimens were polished with Sof-Lex disks (3M ESPE, USA). All samples were rinsed and stored in incubator 37˚C for 24 hours in DDW. Ten sample of each material were subjected to 37.5% hydrogen peroxide gel (Pola office +, SDI)for 8 minutes while exposed to light curing device, this step was repeated three times for 3 weeks. While the other ten samples for each material was served as control. All specimens were subjected to microhardness test using digital microhardness tester to determine the VHN (Vickers Hardness Number)Results : The Filtek™ P90 exhibited higher microhardness value than Filtek™ Supreme XT. After hydrogen peroxide treatment, both types of composites exhibited low microhardness values but still Filtek™ P90 is harder than Filtek™ Supreme XT.Conclusion : In-office hydrogen peroxide bleaching agent resulted in reduction in microhardness values for both composite materials. Silorane- based composite is more affected by the bleaching agent than methacrylate-based composite.