This study evaluated protocols to eliminate acetone from dental adhesives and their effect on the kinetic of water sorption and percent of conversion of these adhesives. Experimental methacrylate-based adhesives with increasing hydrophilicity (R2, R3, R5) were used as reference materials. Primer-like solutions were prepared by addition of 50 wt% acetone. Acetone elimination was measured gravimetrically before and after: a spontaneous evaporation, an application of air-drying at room temperature or application of 40°C air-drying. Protocols were performed from 15 to 60 s. Specimens of adhesive/ acetone mixtures were photo-activated and tested for degree of conversion, water sorption and solubility. Data were analyzed by ANOVA and Bonferroni's tests (a = 0.05). Complete acetone elimination was never achieved, but it was significantly greater after the 40°C airdrying application. Higher acetone elimination was observed for the least hydrophilic adhesive. Longer periods for acetone evaporation and heated air-stream can optimize polymerization and reduce the water sorption/solubility of adhesive system models.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine|
|State||Published - Mar 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering