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Int Poster J Dent Oral Med 13 (2011), No. 4     15. Dec. 2011

Int Poster J Dent Oral Med 2011, Vol 13 No 4, Poster 555

A New Dental Material for Remineralisation of Caries Lesion Used as a Root Canal Sealer

Language: English

Assist. Prof. Dr. Ammar A. Mustafa,
Kulliyyah (Faculty) of Dentistry, International Islamic University Malaysia, Pahang, Malaysia
Prof. Dr. Khalid A. S. Al-Khateeb, Prof. Dr. Ahmad Faris Ismail,
Kulliyyah (Faculty) of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia, Pahang, Malaysia

17-19 February 2011
Malaysian Technology Expo MTE 2011, an International Expo on Technology, Invention & Innovation
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Poster Award
Silver Medal


The aim of this study was to evaluate the remineralization effect of a new formula of GIC-based root canal sealer on the dematerialized internal surfaces of root canal and consequently on the existence of accessory canals. Dental cements are of few materials in dentistry that are used frequently. There is no one universally accepted cement that fulfills all applications; there are a variety of cements whose properties and manipulation lead them to be an appropriate choice for a given application. (Hatrick et al 2003)

According to Anusavice (2004), Cements are generally hard, brittle materials formed when a powdered oxide or a glass is mixed with a liquid. When mixed to a cementing consistency, dental cements are used to retain ceramic crowns and esthetic inlays, onlays, and veneers. When mixed to a thicker consistency, some cement types are used as temporary filling materials or to provide thermal insulation and mechanical support to teeth restored with other materials, such as amalgam, composites, or gold. Cements classified as low-strength bases or liners provide protection to the pulp from irritants or serve therapeutically as pulp-capping agents.

Cements must exhibit a sufficiently low viscosity to flow along the interfaces between hard tissue and a fixed prosthesis, and they must be capable of wetting both surfaces to hold the prosthesis in place. This type of material is called a luting agent. Before placement of a restoration or seating of prosthesis, the pulp may have been irritated or damaged from a variety of sources, such as the caries process or cavity preparation. As a means of protecting the pulp against further thermal and chemical trauma, some types of dental cement can be used to prepare bases that are placed under restorations and as pulp capping agents and cavity liners that are placed on prepared tooth surfaces areas close to the pulp chamber. O'Brien (2002)

The glass ionomer cement was formulated first by bringing together the silicate and poly-acrylate systems. The use of an acid-reactive glass powder together with poly-acrylic acid solution leads to a translucent, stronger cement that can be used for luting and restorative materials. Glass-ionomer cements are used for the cementation of cast-alloy and porcelain restorations and orthodontic bands, as cavity liners or base materials, and as restorative materials, especially for erosion lesions. They are being replaced by hybrid ionomer cements, which allow better handling. (Carter 1996; Vorhies et al., 1999)


After performing a clinically successful root canal therapy, recurrent caries lesions may relaspe because of secondary root canals.

Material and Methods

Two experimental GIC-based root canal sealers were prepared for the purpose of the study with a main formula of boro-tri-fluoro-alumino-silicate (BTFAS) for test-1 and strontium fluoride SrF2 (99% BDH, Malaysia) for test-2. The study materials consisted of 90 samples of human sound teeth extracted for orthodontic reasons. The teeth were embedded into an acrylic mould 4x4 cm. A conventional root canal therapy was performed (but with no root canal filling) on these teeth. Then all the samples were sectioned longitudinally and the surfaces of the tooth structure rather than the canal were painted with a nail polish. The internal side of the canal was subjected to a demineralizing solution with basic active ingredient consisted of 0.1 M lactic acid and 6 wt% carboxymethyl-cellulose at a pH 5.0, 37°C for 14 days to produce a caries-like lesion. After the end of the demineralizing period, the specimens were rinsed thoroughly with distilled water for 10 minutes and the nail polish was removed by the use of commercial acetone solution. The specimens were examined under transversal micro-radiography to have the (control radiographs). Then a film layer of the experimental sealer test-1 was applied to half of the specimens (n=45) and another film of experimental sealer test-2 was applied to the rest of the specimens (n=45). The specimens were divided into three time groups (n=15 for each test time) to be re-evaluated by transversal micro-radiography (test-radiographs) after 14 days, 28 days, and two months. The demineralized-then-remineralised areas for all specimens were measured by means of a precision micrometer (Microcator C.E. Johansson/Eskilstuna, Stockholm, Sweden) with reading ability down to a value of 0.5 µm. The tested areas of test and control specimens were chosen from the same area of the tooth. The specimens were further sectioned and examined under SEM to support the findings of transversal radio-micrograph. Two-way ANOVA test was used for research statistical analysis among all groups. Two-sided paired t-test and α test based on average means were used for statistical analysis to determine significances between test-radiographs and control-radiographs in the same group (α = 0.05).

Fig. 1: SEM 1 Fig. 2: SEM 2
Fig. 3: SEM 3 Fig. 4: SEM 4


There was no significant difference between the experimental sealer test-1 and experimental sealer test-2 in spite of higher numerical values of remineralization with sealer test-1 group Average means of difference in the intensity of radiopacity showed higher values for test-radiographs at the demineralised-then-remineralised area.

There was an obvious decrease in the depth of the lesion between the control-radiograph and the two months test-radiograph for both test groups. There was no significant difference between 14 days and 28 days and between them and the control-radiograph.

The comparison results of transverse micro-radiography for the two test groups have shown significant differences at time groups of 28 days and two months but no significant difference with the 14 days group. There was an obvious change in the form and texture of the accessory canals at the end of the study but there was no change in quantity of these canals.

Fig. 5: Acrylic mould 4x4 cm Fig. 6: Mean average difference in intensity of radiopacity


Remineralization is one aspect of the general process of dental caries. However, it is principally studied in shallow lesions. This study was targeting to explore whether carious lesions in enamel and dentin can be remineralized.

Demineralization was induced by the researchers in dentin so as to study the depth of GIC intrusion into these tooth substrates. Remineralisation was observed in both of enamel and dentin, demonstrating that, the effect of the experimental material can go deep into dentin, that is to say the pores become supersaturated to apatite formation. This may be explained by a relatively fast diffusion of mineral ions, with precipitation being rate-limiting. The results proposed that deep remineralization can be achieved and could possibly be used in clinical treatment strategies.
The change in the texture of secondary canals in the current study may be attributed to the precipitation of mineral ions into these canals indicating that GIC is highly recommended to be used as a root canal sealer.

Basically, Glass-ionomer root canal sealers are commonly used because of their chemical bonding and favorable physical and mechanical characteristics when bonding to dentin.
The experimental GIC based root canal sealer preparation was based on the technologies and the chemistry from silicate and zinc polycarboxylate materials in order to incorporate the desirable characteristics of both. The glass ionomer powder is an acid-soluble boro-trifluoro-alumino-silicate (BTFAS) glass. The raw materials were fused to a uniform glass by heating them to a temperature of 1100°c to 1500°c. The glass was ground into a powder having particles in the range of 15um to 50um. Fluoride can promote calcium uptake by dematerialized tissue during remineralization process while Strontium form calcium-strontium apatite complex at the apatite crystal surface which retards the acid dissolution of hydroxyapatite. There are no enough studies on the use of boron oxides salts in dentistry and its relation to remineralization of dental hard tissues.

In addition of being a glass former, the incorporation of boron oxides salts into the formula of experimental sealer has shown an obvious remineralisation effect on the demineralised hard tissues of the teeth and consequently, it can minimise the size of the secondary canals by precipitating leachable mineral ions into these canals.


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GIC = glass ionomer cement

This Poster was submitted by Assist. Prof. Dr. Ammar A. Mustafa.

Correspondence address:
Assist. Prof. Dr. Ammar A. Mustafa
Kulliyyah of Dentistry, International Islamic University Malaysia
Kuantan campus, Bandar Indera Mahkota
25200 Kuantan
Pahang, Malaysia