Comparison of Micro leakage Evaluation of Direct Composite Restoration and Direct Composite Inlay System: An in-vitro Study

Annapurna Kini, Manjunatha M, Sunil Kumar V.C


Background: The use of composite inlay techniques has proved to be an elegant approach to improve the marginal seal and adaptation of esthetic posterior restorations by greatly restricting the volume of composite resin to be simultaneously cured and bonded to tooth. Aims & Objectives: To compare the micro leakage of direct composite restorations with direct composite inlay restorations in Class II cavities at the cervical margin. Materials & Methods:  Forty whole extracted molars were collected and stored in water at room temperature. Class II cavity preparations were prepared and restored with direct composite technique in twenty teeth and direct inlay technique in remaining teeth. Specimens were thermocycled and immersed in 0.5% basic fuschin dye. Teeth were then sectioned and evaluated for dye penetration using a stereomicroscope at 16X magnification. The data was analysed using Mann-Whitney test. Results: Direct restorative group showed greater amount of leakage there was no statistically significant difference between the two groups. Conclusion: By using composite inlay, adaptation and bonding of composite to dentine can be improved.


Micro leakage; Composite Restoration; Inlays


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