The effect of resin composite pins on the retention of class IV restorations

J. A. Muhlbauer, W. J. Dunn, H. W. Roberts, D. F. Murchison

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Standardized Class IV cavity preparations were made in 48 human incisors. They were then divided into three groups of 16 teeth each. Group 1 was prepared with no internal retentive features. Groups 2 and 3 included an internal pin channel prepared with a #330 and a #329 bur, respectively. All specimens were restored with a micro-hybrid resin-based composite restorative material and a fifth generation dentin bonding system. Specimens were loaded to failure in an Instron Universal Testing Machine perpendicular to the long axis of the teeth. There was no evidence to suggest a difference in force required to dislodge the restoration among the three groups tested (p=0.185). Resin composite pins do not increase the retention of Class IV resin composite restorations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-288
Number of pages5
JournalOperative Dentistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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