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ISRN Dentistry
Volume 2011, Article ID 285624, 7 pages
Research Article

Relationship between Operator Skill and In Vitro Microleakage of Different Adhesive Systems in Class V Restorations

1Division of Conservative and Adhesive Dentistry, Department of Dentistry, University of Liège, 4020 Liège, Belgium
2CHU-Policlinique Brull, Quai G. Kurth, P.O. Box 45, 4020 Liège, Belgium

Received 23 September 2010; Accepted 1 November 2010

Academic Editors: C. P. Lin and G. H. Sperber

Copyright © 2011 Audrey Guéders and Sabine Geerts. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objectives. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of operator skill on microleakage in class V composite restorations. Materials and Methods. A total of 16 dentists and 25 dental students were enrolled, and 123 extracted teeth were allocated according to the adhesive being tested: Scotchbond Multipurpose, Adper Scotchbond 1 XT, and AdheSE. Each operator was asked to restore one tooth from each experimental group: two class V cavities were cut on each tooth and each adhesive was used on the same tooth before and after instructions for its use. After filling cavities with composite (Z100), the teeth were thermocycled. Results. For all of the tested adhesives, the mean microleakage score was lower for the dentists than for the students. The mean scores for the three tested adhesives were statistically similar before and after instructions for use. Conclusion. Our results indicate that the skill of the operator has a significant influence on microleakage.