Mechanical properties of tannic-acid-treated dentin matrix

A. K.B. Bedran-Russo, K. J. Yoo, K. C. Ema, D. H. Pashley

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Dentin collagen is a major component of the hybrid layer, and its stability may have a great impact on the properties of adhesive interfaces. We tested the hypothesis that the use of tannic acid (TA), a collagen cross-linking agent, may affect the mechanical properties and stability of the dentin matrix. The present study evaluated the effects of different concentrations of TA on the modulus of elasticity and enzymatic degradation of dentin matrix. Hence, the effect of TA pre-treatment on resin-dentin bond strength was assessed with the use of two bonding systems. Sound human molars were used and prepared according to each experimental design. The use of TA affected the properties of demineralized dentin by increasing its stiffness. TA treatment inhibited the effect of collagenase digestion on dentin matrix, particularly for 10%TA and 20%TA. The TA-dentin matrix complex resulted in improved bond strength for both adhesive systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)807-811
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Dental Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Biomimetics
  • Bond strength
  • Collagen
  • Dentin
  • Tannic acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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