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  • Application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for Diagnosis of Caries, Cracks, and Defects of Restorations.
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    Application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for Diagnosis of Caries, Cracks, and Defects of Restorations.

    Curr Oral Health Rep. 2015;2(2):73-80

    Authors: Shimada Y, Sadr A, Sumi Y, Tagami J

    Abstract
    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive technique providing cross-sectional images of a tooth structure. This review describes the use of OCT for detecting dental caries, tooth fractures, and interfacial gaps in intraoral restorations. OCT can be a reliable and an accurate method and a safer alternative to X-ray radiography.

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  • Application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for Diagnosis of Caries, Cracks, and Defects of Restorations.
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    Application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for Diagnosis of Caries, Cracks, and Defects of Restorations.

    Curr Oral Health Rep. 2015;2(2):73-80

    Authors: Shimada Y, Sadr A, Sumi Y, Tagami J

    Abstract
    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive technique providing cross-sectional images of a tooth structure. This review describes the use of OCT for detecting dental caries, tooth fractures, and interfacial gaps in intraoral restorations. OCT can be a reliable and an accurate method and a safer alternative to X-ray radiography.

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  • Interfacial Adaptation of Composite Restorations Before and After Light Curing: Effects of Adhesive and Filling Technique.
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    Interfacial Adaptation of Composite Restorations Before and After Light Curing: Effects of Adhesive and Filling Technique.

    J Adhes Dent. 2015 Aug 4;

    Authors: Yoshimine N, Shimada Y, Tagami J, Sadr A

    Abstract
    PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of placement technique and adhesive material on adaptation of composites before and after light curing.
    MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cylindrical cavities (3 mm diameter, 1.7 mm depth) in extracted human molars were restored in 6 groups (n = 5) using 2 adhesives – two-step self-etching Clearfil SE Bond 2 (SE2) and all-in-one Clearfil Tri-S Bond Plus (TSP) (Kuraray Noritake Dental) – and 2 composites – Estelite Sigma Quick (ESQ) and Estelite Flow Quick (FLQ) (Tokuyama Dental) – placed with three different techniques: ESQ bulk placed, FLQ lining followed by ESQ and FLQ bulk placed. Specimens were scanned twice using swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) before and after photopolymerization of the composite. Gap formation during polymerization or the difference in floor interface (DFI%) and final unsealed interface (USI%) were measured by image coregistration and subtraction on 6 diametrical planes across each scan.
    RESULTS: Two-way ANOVA suggested that both factors (adhesive and filling technique) and their interaction were significant (p < 0.001). SE2 showed significantly lower DFI% than did TSP when the composites were placed in bulk, but no difference was found when flowable lining was applied (p < 0.05). Within TSP, all filling techniques were significantly different and the lining group showed the lowest values, followed by ESQ-bulk. Overall, SE2 always showed lower UFI% than did TSP, while there was no difference among different techniques within SE2.
    CONCLUSION: SS-OCT is a unique method to observe the pre-existing interfacial defects and gaps developed during polymerization, which were found to depend on both placement technique and applied adhesive.

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  • Observation of white spot lesions using swept source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT): in vitro and in vivo study.
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    Observation of white spot lesions using swept source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT): in vitro and in vivo study.

    Dent Mater J. 2015;34(4):545-52

    Authors: Ibusuki T, Kitasako Y, Sadr A, Shimada Y, Sumi Y, Tagami J

    Abstract
    This study aimed to assess swept source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) for in vitro and in vivo detection of enamel white spot lesion (WSL). WSLs without surface breakdown on 33 extracted human posterior teeth were non-invasively scanned using SSOCT. The teeth were then cross-sectioned and imaged under confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM) and light microscopy (LM). SS-OCT cross-sectional images were compared with CLSM and LM. WSL shapes in SS-OCT images closely corresponded to those of LM. There were significant correlations (p<0.001) in WSLs depth between SS-OCT and LM (r=0.92), SS-OCT and CLSM (r=0.80) and CLSM and LM (r=0.85). Six WSLs were also evaluated clinically using SS-OCT; clear in-depth images of these natural WSLs were obtained in vivo. SS-OCT appears to be an effective tool for observation of the internal structure of WSLs, enabling quantitative assessment of WSL depth. Such data can be considered in the clinical management of WSLs.

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  • Effect of polymer-based desensitizer with sodium fluoride on prevention of root dentin demineralization.
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    Effect of polymer-based desensitizer with sodium fluoride on prevention of root dentin demineralization.

    Am J Dent. 2015 Jun;28(3):123-7

    Authors: Oshima M, Hamba H, Sadr A, Nikaido T, Tagami J

    Abstract
    PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of a fluoride-containing polymer-based desensitizer on prevention of root demineralization using micro-computed tomography (micro-CT).
    METHODS: Bovine root dentin blocks were divided into four groups; no treatment (Control); 1% oxalic acid (OA); MS Coat One containing methacrylate-co-p-styrene sulfonic acid (MS polymer) and 1% oxalic acid (MSO); and MS Coat F containing MS polymer, 1% oxalic acid and 3,000 ppm sodium fluoride (MSF). A window of the dentin surface was treated with each solution. The blocks were scanned using micro-CT after demineralization (pH 4.5, 5 hours). The dentin surfaces before and after demineralization were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Fluoride ion release was measured using a fluoride ion-specific electrode. The data were statistically analyzed using one-way ANOVA and Tukey’s test (α = 0.05).
    RESULTS: MSF showed the lowest mineral loss (80.4 ± 10.6 vol% x μm), which was significantly different from Control (99.4 ± 13.0 vol% x μm), OA (91.1 ± 10.9 vol% x μm) and MSO (89.1 ± 9.2 vol% x μm). Under the SEM observations, the dentin tubules appeared to be blocked after all desensitizer treatments. After demineralization, the exposure of dentin tubules was clearer in OA and MSO compared to MSF which showed sealed dentin tubules after demineralization. Fluoride ion release was detected only in the MSF group.

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  • Assessment of natural enamel lesions with optical coherence tomography in comparison with microfocus x-ray computed tomography.

    Assessment of natural enamel lesions with optical coherence tomography in comparison with microfocus x-ray computed tomography.

    J Med Imaging (Bellingham). 2015 Jan;2(1):014001

    Authors: Espigares J, Sadr A, Hamba H, Shimada Y, Otsuki M, Tagami J, Sumi Y

    Abstract
    A technology to characterize early enamel lesions is needed in dentistry. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive method that provides high-resolution cross-sectional images. The aim of this study is to compare OCT with microfocus x-ray computed tomography ([Formula: see text]) for assessment of natural enamel lesions in vitro. Ten human teeth with visible white spot-like changes on the enamel smooth surface and no cavitation (ICDAS code 2) were subjected to imaging by μCT (SMX-100CT, Shimadzu) and 1300-nm swept-source OCT (Dental SS-OCT, Panasonic Health Care). In [Formula: see text], the lesions appeared as radiolucent dark areas, while in SS-OCT, they appeared as areas of increased signal intensity beneath the surface. An SS-OCT attenuation coefficient based on Beer-Lambert law could discriminate lesions from sound enamel. Lesion depth ranged from 175 to [Formula: see text] in SS-OCT. A correlation between [Formula: see text] and SS-OCT was found regarding lesion depth ([Formula: see text], [Formula: see text]) and also surface layer thickness ([Formula: see text], [Formula: see text]). The images obtained clinically in real time using the dental SS-OCT system are suitable for the assessment of natural subsurface lesions and their surface layer, providing comparable images to a laboratory high-resolution [Formula: see text] without the use of x-ray.

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  • Inhibition of hydroxyapatite growth by casein, a potential salivary phosphoprotein homologue.

    Inhibition of hydroxyapatite growth by casein, a potential salivary phosphoprotein homologue.

    Eur J Oral Sci. 2015 Jun 17;

    Authors: Romero MJ, Nakashima S, Nikaido T, Ichinose S, Sadr A, Tagami J

    Abstract
    Salivary phosphoproteins are essential in tooth mineral regulation but are often overlooked in vitro. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of casein, as a salivary phosphoprotein homologue, on the deposition and growth of hydroxyapatite (HA) on tooth surfaces. Hydroxyapatite growth was quantified using seeded crystal systems. Artificial saliva (AS) containing HA powder and 0, 10, 20, 50, or 100 μg ml(-1) of casein, or 100 μg ml(-1) of dephosphorylated casein (Dcasein), was incubated for 0-8 h at 37°C, pH 7.2. Calcium concentrations were measured using atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). Surface precipitation of HA on bovine enamel and dentine blocks, incubated in similar conditions for 7 d, was examined using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with selected area electron diffraction (SAED). Casein adsorption was assessed using modified Lowry assays and zeta-potential measurements. The AAS results revealed a concentration-dependent inhibition of calcium consumption. Hydroxyapatite precipitation occurred when no casein was present, whereas precipitation of HA was apparently completely inhibited in casein-containing groups. Adsorption data demonstrated increasingly negative zeta-potential with increased casein concentration and an affinity constant similar to proline-rich proteins with Langmuir modelling. Casein inhibited the deposition and growth of HA primarily through the binding of esterized phosphate to HA active sites, indicating its potential as a mineral-regulating salivary phosphoprotein homologue in vitro.

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  • Microgaps and Demineralization Progress around Composite Restorations.

    Microgaps and Demineralization Progress around Composite Restorations.

    J Dent Res. 2015 Jun 16;

    Authors: Turkistani A, Nakashima S, Shimada Y, Tagami J, Sadr A

    Abstract
    This study investigated the influence of adhesives and marginal sealing on demineralization progress using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Cavities (4 × 2 mm) were prepared in bovine incisors and restored using Clearfil SE Protect (SP), Bond Force (BF), Scotchbond Universal (SB), or G-Bond Plus (GB), followed by Estelite Flow Quick flowable composite. The control group received no adhesive (n = 10). After 3-d incubation in artificial saliva and 10,000 thermal cycles, gaps at enamel and dentin margins were measured at 8 locations on cross-sectional images obtained from each restoration using swept-source OCT at 1310-nm wavelength. Specimens were demineralized using acidified gel (pH = 4.5) for 5 wk and scanned every week to monitor the lesion progress at the same marginal locations. Repeated-measures analysis of variance showed that demineralization period and adhesive type and their interaction had a significant effect on the lesion size in both substrates (P < 0.001). SP, BF, and SB had significantly lower enamel and dentin initial gaps than the control and GB (P < 0.05). Enamel lesion progress was slower in the fluoride-releasing adhesives SP and BF and significantly different from SB, GB, and the control (P < 0.001). SP and BF dentin lesions were significantly different from GB and the control (P < 0.001), but not from SB (P > 0.05). A significant positive correlation (P < 0.05) was found between initial gap length and formed lesion size in both substrates, which was stronger in enamel (r = 0.63) than dentin (r = 0.35). Microgaps forming at the margins of restorations depend on adhesives and significantly contribute to the progress of demineralization around the margins, while fluoride release may decrease the rate of progression.

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  • Study on the influence of leucine-rich amelogenin peptide (LRAP) on the remineralization of enamel defects via micro-focus x-ray computed tomography and nanoindentation.
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    Study on the influence of leucine-rich amelogenin peptide (LRAP) on the remineralization of enamel defects via micro-focus x-ray computed tomography and nanoindentation.

    Biomed Mater. 2015;10(3):035007

    Authors: Hossein BG, Sadr A, Espigares J, Hariri I, Nakashima S, Hamba H, Shafiei F, Moztarzadeh F, Tagami J

    Abstract
    Regeneration of severely damaged enamel (e.g. deep demineralized lesions) is currently not possible, because the structural units of enamel crystal construction are removed after its maturation. The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the effect of surface impregnation by leucine-rich amelogenin peptide (LRAP) on the remineralization of eroded enamel using micro-focus x-ray computed tomography (µCT). Fifteen bovine enamel blocks were embedded in resin and three zones (sound, demineralization, and remineralization) were defined on each specimen. Lesions were prepared by immersing the samples in demineralization solution for 7 d. The samples were soaked in distilled water or 60 or 120 µg mL(-1) solution of LRAP in water for 30 min. After the surface treatment, specimens were incubated in artificial saliva for either 5 or 10 d at 37 °C. The amount of mineral gain (dΔZ%) and the relative changes in the lesion depth (dLD%), obtained from µCT, were used to evaluate the effect of LRAP on the remineralization of lesions. The effects of LRAP on cross-sectional integrated hardness ΔINH were studied after 10 d using nanoindentation. ANOVA test was used to determine the effect of time and/or LRAP concentration on dΔZ%, dLD% and ΔINH mean values. Tukey’s analysis was used for multiple comparison testing (α = 0.05). Analysis of µCT data showed significant effect of time and LRAP concentration on the dΔZ% (p = 0.013, p = 0.003) and the dLD% (p  <  0.001, p = 0.002) mean values. The nanoindentation hardness was significantly improved by 120 µg mL(-1) LRAP (p = 0.02). Also, the peptide treatment affected the mineral distribution throughout the lesion by inhibiting of superficial deposition. This study showed that the treatment of eroded lesions in enamel by LRAP can improve and regulate the pattern of remineralization in vitro.

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  • In situ characterization of resin-dentin interfaces using conventional vs. cryofocused ion-beam milling.
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    In situ characterization of resin-dentin interfaces using conventional vs. cryofocused ion-beam milling.

    Dent Mater. 2015 May 15;

    Authors: Bakhsh TA, Sadr A, Mandurah MM, Shimada Y, Zakaria O, Tagami J

    Abstract
    OBJECTIVE: The introduction of focused ion beam (FIB) milling has facilitated preparation of hard tissue samples for transmission electron microscope (TEM). However, this technique generates high temperature that may alter or damage morphological features in biological tissue. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the effects of cryogenic cooling on the morphological features of dentin interfaces with dental restorative materials in samples prepared by FIB for TEM examination.
    METHODS: After preparation of a cylindrical-shaped cavities in extracted, non-carious premolar teeth, the specimens were restored with dental adhesive/composite and categorized into two restorative materials groups; (PB) a combination of Clearfil Protect Bond (Kuraray Noritake Dental, Japan)/Estelite Sigma Quick composite (Tokuyama Dental, Japan), and (SB) Filtek Silorane restorative system (3M ESPE, USA). The specimens were subjected to interfacial cross-sectioning, followed by observation and area selection using confocal laser microscopy. Later, ultrathin sections were prepared using FIB with cryogenic cooling (PB-C) and (SB-C), or without cooling (PB-NC) and (SB-NC) that all were examined under TEM.
    RESULTS: Resulting TEM images of the ultra-morphological features at the resin-dentin nano-interaction zone were improved when FIB preparation was conducted in the cryogenic condition and no sign of artifacts were detected.
    SIGNIFICANCE: Conducting ion beam milling with cryogenic cooling was advantageous in minimizing the elevation in specimen temperature. This led to preservation of dentin microstructures that revealed additional information about substrates that are necessary for advanced characterization of tooth-biomaterial interactions.

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  • Evaluation of a new hardness tester (Cariotester): Comparison with transverse microradiography for assessing the inhibitory effect of fluoride application on bovine root dentin demineralization.
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    Evaluation of a new hardness tester (Cariotester): Comparison with transverse microradiography for assessing the inhibitory effect of fluoride application on bovine root dentin demineralization.

    Dent Mater J. 2015 May 1;

    Authors: Sugawara T, Nakashima S, Shimizu A, Tagami J, Momoi Y

    Abstract
    The objective of this study was to investigate the correlation between CT depth, indentation depth determined by a new hardness tester (Cariotester), and the transverse microradiography (TMR) parameters, i.e., lesion depth and mineral loss. For that purpose, this study evaluated the feasibility of using Cariotester as a root caries diagnostic system and capability of Cariotester to detect effect of fluoride application on inhibiting dentin demineralization. Fluorides were applied to bovine root dentin specimens, which were subsequently demineralized for 1-21 days and then CT depth and TMR parameters were assessed. There were significant correlations between CT depth and TMR parameters in fluoride and non-fluoride groups. There were significant differences between fluoride and non-fluoride groups for CT depth and TMR parameters respectively. Current results suggested that Cariotester may be capable of providing an objective evaluation of root caries progression and the fluoride effect on inhibiting dentin demineralization.

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  • Validation of Optical Coherence Tomography against Micro-computed Tomography for Evaluation of Remaining Coronal Dentin Thickness.
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    Validation of Optical Coherence Tomography against Micro-computed Tomography for Evaluation of Remaining Coronal Dentin Thickness.

    J Endod. 2015 May 1;

    Authors: Majkut P, Sadr A, Shimada Y, Sumi Y, Tagami J

    Abstract
    INTRODUCTION: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive modality to obtain in-depth images of biological structures. A dental OCT system has become available for chairside application. This in vitro study hypothesized that swept-source OCT can be used to measure the remaining dentin thickness (RDT) at the roof of the dental pulp chamber during excavation of deep caries.
    METHODS: Human molar teeth with deep occlusal caries were investigated. After obtaining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional OCT scans using a swept-source OCT system at a 1330-nm center wavelength, RDT was evaluated by image analysis software. Microfocus x-ray computed tomographic (micro-CT) images were obtained from the same cross sections to confirm OCT findings. The smallest RDT values at the visible pulp horn were measured on OCT and micro-CT imaging and compared using the Pearson correlation. Pulpal horns and pulp chamber roof observation under OCT and micro-CT imaging resulted in comparable images that allowed the measurement of coronal dentin thickness.
    RESULTS: RDT measured by OCT showed optical values range between 140 and 2300 μm, which corresponded to the range of 92-1524 μm on micro-CT imaging. A strong correlation was found between the 2 techniques (r = 0.96, P < .001).
    CONCLUSIONS: Further analysis indicated linear regression with a slope of 1.54 and no intercept, closely matching the bulk refractive index of dentin. OCT enables visualization of anatomic structures during deep caries excavation. Exposure of the vital dental pulp because of the removal of very thin remaining coronal dentin can be avoided with this novel noninvasive technique.

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  • Effect of phytic acid etchant on the structural stability of demineralized dentine and dentine bonding.
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    Effect of phytic acid etchant on the structural stability of demineralized dentine and dentine bonding.

    J Mech Behav Biomed Mater. 2015 Apr 6;48:145-152

    Authors: Kong K, Islam MS, Nassar M, Hiraishi N, Otsuki M, Yiu CK, Tagami J

    Abstract
    OBJECTIVE: This study examined the effect of phytic acid (IP6) in stabilizing the morphology of dentine collagen network and resin-dentine bonding.
    METHODS: Dentine beams were fully demineralized with 10% phosphoric acid (PA) or 1% IP6 (pH 1.2). PA-demineralized beams were divided into three groups: (a) no further treatment (control), (b) treatment with 5% glutaraldehyde (GA) for 1h and (c) treatment with 1% IP6 (pH 7) for 1h. IP6-demineralized beams received no further treatment. The beams were then subjected to ultimate tensile strength (UTS) testing. Dentine micromorphology evaluation was performed using a field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM). Dentine disks were etched with 35% PA for 15s or 1% IP6 for 30s. PA-etched dentine disks were divided into three groups as (a), (b) and (c) as for UTS testing, but the treatment with GA or IP6 was done in 1min. For microtensile bond strength (µTBS) testing, flat dentine surfaces etched with PA or IP6 were blot-dried (wet dentine) or air-dried for 10s (dry dentine) and bonded with an etch-and-rinse adhesive followed by composite build-up.
    RESULTS: IP6-demineralized dentine showed significantly higher UTS, when compared to PA-demineralized dentine. GA and IP6 significantly improved UTS of PA-demineralized dentine. FE-SEM observation revealed that dentine collagen network was preserved by GA and IP6. No significant difference in µTBS was found between the wet and dry IP6-etched dentine groups.
    CONCLUSION: IP6 etching showed a structural stabilizing effect on demineralized dentine matrix and produced good resin-dentine bonding, regardless of dentine moistness or dryness.

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  • Assessment of natural enamel lesions with optical coherence tomography in comparison with microfocus x-ray computed tomography

    Assessment of natural enamel lesions with optical coherence tomography in comparison with microfocus x-ray computed tomography

    Espigares J, Sadr A, Hamba H, Shimada Y, Otsuki M, Tagami J, Sumi Y.

    J. Med. Imag. 2(1), 014001 (Feb 11, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.JMI.2.1.014001

    A technology to characterize early enamel lesions is needed in dentistry. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive method that provides high-resolution cross-sectional images. The aim of this study is to compare OCT with microfocus x-ray computed tomography (μCT ) for assessment of natural enamel lesions in vitro. Ten human teeth with visible white spot-like changes on the enamel smooth surface and no cavitation (ICDAS code 2) were subjected to imaging by μCT (SMX-100CT, Shimadzu) and 1300-nm swept-source OCT (Dental SS-OCT, Panasonic Health Care). In μCT , the lesions appeared as radiolucent dark areas, while in SS-OCT, they appeared as areas of increased signal intensity beneath the surface. An SS-OCT attenuation coefficient based on Beer–Lambert law could discriminate lesions from sound enamel. Lesion depth ranged from 175 to 606  μm in SS-OCT. A correlation between μCT and SS-OCT was found regarding lesion depth (R=0.81 , p<0.001 ) and also surface layer thickness (R=0.76 , p<0.005 ). The images obtained clinically in real time using the dental SS-OCT system are suitable for the assessment of natural subsurface lesions and their surface layer, providing comparable images to a laboratory high-resolution μCT without the use of x-ray.

  • Optical coherence tomography for evaluation of enamel and protective coatings.
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    Optical coherence tomography for evaluation of enamel and protective coatings.

    Dent Mater J. 2015;34(1):98-107

    Authors: Alsayed EZ, Hariri I, Sadr A, Nakashima S, Bakhsh TA, Shimada Y, Sumi Y, Tagami J

    Abstract
    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an interferometric imaging technique. This study aimed to employ OCT to evaluate four different resin-based materials including a coating containing glass-ionomer filler and calcium, a giomer, and two fluoride-releasing self-etch resins. The coating and its underlying and adjacent enamel were monitored using swept-source OCT (center wavelength: 1330 nm) at baseline, after 5,000 thermal cycles, and after 1, 4 and 7 days of demineralization (pH 4.5). The coatings showed different thicknesses (60-250 micrometers) and various levels of structural and interfacial integrity. OCT could detect a demineralization inhibition zone adjacent to the edge of the fluoride- and calcium-releasing material. Localized demineralization was occasionally observed under thinner coatings. Protection of susceptible enamel surfaces by thin resin-based bioactive coatings provides protection from demineralization. OCT can be used to non-destructively monitor the integrity of such coatings, as well as enamel changes beneath and adjacent to them.

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  • The role of MDP in a bonding resin of a two-step self-etching adhesive system.
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    The role of MDP in a bonding resin of a two-step self-etching adhesive system.

    Dent Mater J. 2015 Feb 24;

    Authors: Matsui N, Takagaki T, Sadr A, Ikeda M, Ichinose S, Nikaido T, Tagami J

    Abstract
    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of 10-methacryloyloxydecyl dihydrogen phosphate (MDP) contained in the bonding resin of a two-step self-etch adhesive system. An experimental adhesive (M0) containing MDP only in the primer, but not in the bonding resin was prepared. Clearfil SE Bond (MM) and M0 were compared in terms of microtensile bond strength to dentin, ultimate tensile strength of the bonding resin, and dentin-resin bonding interface morphology under SEM and TEM. The immediate µTBS values of MM significantly decreased after thermal cycles while M0 were stable even after 10,000 cycles. In the SEM observations, formation of erosion was observed beneath the acid-base resistant zone only in M0. The results suggested that MDP in the bonding resin of the two-step self-etching system; 1) improved the immediate bond strength, but caused reduction in long-term bond durability; 2) offered the advantages of acid-base resistance at the ABRZ forefront area.

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  • Age-specific prevalence of erosive tooth wear by acidic diet and gastroesophageal reflux in Japan.
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    Age-specific prevalence of erosive tooth wear by acidic diet and gastroesophageal reflux in Japan.

    J Dent. 2015 Feb 12;

    Authors: Kitasako Y, Sasaki Y, Takagaki T, Sadr A, Tagami J

    Abstract
    OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the age-specific prevalence of erosive tooth wear in Japanese adults.
    METHODS: The study sample consisted of a total of 1,108 adults aged 15 to 89 yrs in Tokyo, Japan. The subjects were asked to complete a self-administered nutrition-related questionnaire. Two examiners evaluated tooth wear in a full-mouth recording, using a modified tooth wear index developed based on the Smith and Knight Tooth Wear index. Subjects who had frequent acid consumption or gastric reflux and at least one tooth with an initial enamel smooth surface wear were placed in an erosive wear positive group, and the rest of subjects were placed in the erosive wear negative group.
    RESULTS: The median (IQR) prevalence of erosion was 19.1 (1.8) at enamel level and 6.5 (3.7) with dentin exposure. There were statistical differences in prevalence of erosive wear among different age groups (p<0.05). Dietary habits found to be frequent in erosive wear positive group included acidic juices for younger subjects (15-39 yrs), and acidic fruits for older subjects (60-89 yrs). The prevalence of gastroesophageal reflux and eating disorder was 3.5%. A severe loss of dental tissue was observed on labial and incisal surfaces of anterior teeth in the erosive wear positive group.
    CONCLUSIONS: In the studied sample of Japanese adults, 26.1% had signs of erosive wear. Clinical significance: Erosive wear, in combination with abrasion and attrition, results in severe loss of tooth tissue. Frequent consumption of acidic fruits and drinks was significantly associated with erosive tooth wear at different age groups.

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  • Self-etch adhesive systems: a literature review.
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    Self-etch adhesive systems: a literature review.

    Braz Dent J. 2015 Jan-Feb;26(1):3-10

    Authors: Giannini M, Makishi P, Ayres AP, Vermelho PM, Fronza BM, Nikaido T, Tagami J

    Abstract
    This paper presents the state of the art of self-etch adhesive systems. Four topics are shown in this review and included: the historic of this category of bonding agents, bonding mechanism, characteristics/properties and the formation of acid-base resistant zone at enamel/dentin-adhesive interfaces. Also, advantages regarding etch-and-rinse systems and classifications of self-etch adhesive systems according to the number of steps and acidity are addressed. Finally, issues like the potential durability and clinical importance are discussed. Self-etch adhesive systems are promising materials because they are easy to use, bond chemically to tooth structure and maintain the dentin hydroxyapatite, which is important for the durability of the bonding.

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  • Formation and characterization of hypermineralized zone beneath dentine lesion body induced by topical fluoride in-vitro.

    Formation and characterization of hypermineralized zone beneath dentine lesion body induced by topical fluoride in-vitro.

    Arch Oral Biol. 2015 Jan 10;60(4):574-581

    Authors: Khunkar SJ, Utaka S, Hariri I, Sadr A, Ikeda M, Nakashima S, Nikaido T, Tagami J

    Abstract
    OBJECTIVE: This in-vitro study aimed to evaluate and characterize the hypermineralized zone (Hyper-zone) formed beneath the remineralized dentine lesion body by transverse microradiography (TMR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDS).
    DESIGN: Demineralized bovine dentine specimens were treated with fluoride solutions (APF, NaF) and remineralized for 2-4 weeks. Then thin sections were prepared to characterize the Hyper-zone by TMR, EDS. Fractured specimen surfaces were observed by SEM.
    RESULTS: TMR analysis revealed a higher mineral density at Hyper-zone than that of sound dentine (48vol%) ranging from 50 up to 61vol% and the thickness ranging from 197 to 344μm for 4-week specimens, while specimens without fluoride treatment did not show Hyper-zone. SEM pictures at Hyper-zone showed no evident crystal-like deposits in dentinal tubules and no notable difference when compared to that in sound dentine. EDS analysis demonstrated higher concentrations of Ca and P at Hyper-zone than those in sound dentine, which corresponded to the TMR profile, while the magnesium (Mg) concentration was low at this zone.
    CONCLUSIONS: Demineralized dentine lesions exposed to fluoride and remineralization treatments exhibited Hyper-zone beneath the lesion body, in which the mineral density was higher than that of sound dentine. Possible mechanism for the formation of Hyper-zone was discussed by assuming removal of mineral regulators such as Mg and other organic substances from sound dentine during de-/remineralization processes.

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  • Immobilization of phosphate monomers on collagen induces biomimetic mineralization.
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    Immobilization of phosphate monomers on collagen induces biomimetic mineralization.

    Biomed Mater Eng. 2015 Jan 1;25(1):89-99

    Authors: Nurrohman H, Nakashima S, Takagaki T, Sadr A, Nikaido T, Asakawa Y, Uo M, Marshall SJ, Tagami J

    Abstract
    BACKGROUND: Immobilization of phosphoproteins on type-I collagen via covalent binding may induce extra- and intrafibrillar mineralization.
    OBJECTIVE: This study tested the hypothesis that methacrylate phosphate esters immobilized on reconstituted type-I collagen can mimic the nucleating role of phosphoproteins.
    METHODS: Three functional monomers (MDP, GPDM and Phenyl-P) that differed in chemical structure and steric hindrances around the phosphate moiety were evaluated. Reconstituted type-I collagen was either left untouched (control) or treated by 5% monomer/ethanol for 20 s. All samples were incubated in simulated dentinal fluid as mineralizing medium at 37°C for 7 or 14 days. The extra- and intrafibrillar mineralization were examined by SEM and TEM/SAED crystallography, respectively.
    RESULTS: FT-IR spectroscopy showed that the phosphate groups were incorporated on reconstituted collagen, irrespective of their chemical structure. MDP immobilization induced dense growth of extrafibrillar mineral over time, while with GPDM- and Phenyl-P-immobilized collagen, mineralization was moderate and sparse, respectively. TEM/SAED evidence disclosed that intrafibrillar minerals exclusively occurred in MDP-immobilized collagen.
    CONCLUSIONS: Immobilization of MDP, which had the lowest steric hindrance, could induce significant biomimetic extra- and intrafibrillar mineralization; resembling the lowest level of hierarchy organization of dentin.

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