Radiopacity of modified microhybrid composite resin: (An in vitro study)

Abstract

Background: The aim of this study was to measure the radiopacity (RO) of modified microhybrid composite resins byadding 2 types of nanofillers (Zinc Oxide and Calcium Carbonate) in two concentrations 3% and 5% and comparingthem to unmodified microhybrid composite resins and to nanofilled composite resin.Materials and Methods: Two types of composite resin were used (Microhybrid composite MH Quadrent anterior shineand Nanofilled composite resin Filtek Z350 XT), for each tested group five disk-shaped specimens (1-mm-thick and 15mm diameter) were fabricated. The material samples were radiographed together with the aluminum step wedge.The density of the specimens was determined with a transmission densitometer and was expressed in term ofequivalent thickness of aluminum. Data analyzed by one-way ANOVA.Results: The radiopacity (RO) values of the tested group ranged between (0.9293- 2.6242 Eq. Al thickness) and therewere significant differences among them. Nanofilled composite resin Filtek Z350 XT showed the highest value of ROwhile unmodified Microhybrid composite MH Quadrent anterior shine showed the lowest value of RO.Conclusion: The addition of 3% of both the ZnO and CaCO3 nanofillers fillers to microhybrid composite significantlyincreased the RO, while the addition of 5% of CaCO3 and ZnO nanofillers to microhybrid composite showed nonsignificantincrease in the RO of the composite.