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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 73-75

Effects of different bleaching time intervals on fracture toughness of enamel

Department of Operative Dentistry, Dental School and Dental Research Center of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

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Marjaneh Ghavamnasiri
Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Dental School, Operative Department, Vakil abad Blvd, Mashhad
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-0707.80739

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Aim: This study was designed to evaluate the influence of different time intervals of a vital home bleaching procedure on the fracture toughness of bovine enamel. Materials and Methods: Labial aspects of 48 bovine incisors were prepared and stored in artificial saliva. The samples were divided into four groups (n = 12) according to the different time intervals of the bleaching procedure: 0, 2, 4, and 6 weeks. The experimental groups were subjected to the bleaching agent; 15% Opalescence PF according to manufacturer's instructions. The fracture toughness (FT) of enamel was assessed using Vickers hardness indentation. Then, FTs were compared statistically by one-way ANOVA (a = 0.05). Results and Discussion: Different tested time intervals did not significantly influence the fracture toughness of bovine enamel following treatment with 15% carbamide peroxide (P > 0.05) Conclusion: 15% Opalescence PF after 6 weeks did not reduce the fracture toughness of human enamel compared with the baseline, 2 and 4-week values.

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