Degradation resistance of ormocer- and dimethacrylate-based matrices with different filler contents

Larissa Maria Cavalcante, Luis Felipe Jochims Schneider, Mohammad Hammad, David C. Watts, Nick Silikas

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    Objectives: To investigate the influence of matrix and filler content on degradation resistance of an experimental pure-ormocer and an dimethacrylate-based composite derived from a commercially available material. Materials and methods: A dimethacrylate- Grandio (GR) and a model pure ormocer-based-matrix ORMOCER (ORM) were used. Each material had three different types according to their filler content (% w/w): regular (87% and 86%), flowable (80% and 79%) and fissure sealer (70% and 69%) for GR and ORM respectively. Disc-shaped (1 mm thickness × 10 mm diameter) samples were prepared for each material (n = 6). Water sorption and solubility tests were adapted from ISO4049. To evaluate porosity, specimens were scanned at a resolution of 19.4 μm and 3D reconstructions were made. The volume ratio of pores in the specimens were calculated and expressed as percentages. The results were submitted to 2-way ANOVA (factors: matrix and filler content) and Tukey post-hoc statistic test (p = 0.05). Results: Filler content influenced the water sorption for the ormocer-matrix and the water solubility for the dimethacrylates. ORMOCER regular was a less porous material compared to flowable and sealer formulations. On the other hand, the filler content had no effect on porosity for Grandio. Conclusion: Modifications made in the pure ormocer-matrix formulation were not significantly important to produce a more water-stable material compared to the dimethacrylate-matrix composite materials. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)86-90
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Dentistry
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


    • Ormocer
    • Porosity
    • Solubility
    • Water sorption


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