Mechanical properties of resin composites containing bioactive glass and experimental nano zinc-silica complex
Aim: Secondary caries is an important problem in dental composite restoration, and nanoparticles are commonly added to the structures of resin composites to improve their antimicrobial properties. The aim of this study is to evaluate the mechanical properties of composite materials containing bioactive glass (BAG) and an experimental nano zinc-silica (NZS) complex.
Methodology: An experimental resin composite containing 70 wt% filler was produced and used as a control sample. This experimental resin composite was then modified by adding different amounts of BAG (10%), NZS (10%), and both BAG and NZS (10% + 10%). NZS was synthesized in situ by milling zinc and silica to nanoscale level. Compressive strength and flexural strength were investigated using a universal testing machine. Data were analyzed using one-way ANOVA and the Tukey post-hoc test.
Results: There were no statistically significant differences in compressive strength caused by the filler amount, but statistically significant changes were found in flexural strength. Although the addition of antimicrobial agents to resin composites reduces their physical properties, this is not a clinically unacceptable limit.
Conclusion: NZS exhibits better mechanical properties than does BAG, but both materials can be used safely in restorative materials.
How to cite this article: Tunçdemir MT, Demirel MG. Mechanical properties of resin composites containing bioactive glass and experimental nano zinc-silica complex. Int Dent Res 2021;11(Suppl.1):137-42. https://doi.org/10.5577/intdentres.2021.vol11.suppl1.21
Linguistic Revision: The English in this manuscript has been checked by at least two professional editors, both native speakers of English.
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