European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry

Antibacterial Properties of Amalgam and Composite Resin Materials Used as Cores under Crowns


Abstract - The Aim of this Study was to compare the bacterial growth in the bulk of both amalgam and fluoridated composite resin materials used as cores under crowns at core’s surface (in the superficial area of the bulk) and depth levels. With 24 lower premolars, 12 of them were restored with metal posts and amalgam cores (group 1). The rest were restored with glass Fiber-reinforced Composite (FRC) posts and fluoridated composite resin cores (group 2). All specimens were covered with aluminium crowns cemented with resin cement, and then they were soaked in natural saliva for three months. Excoriations abraded from the superficial and the depth areas of the core materials were cultured under aerobic conditions on blood agar plates. After incubation for 2 days, colonies formed on the plates were identified, and the CFU mg-1 counts were recorded accordingly. Statistical analysis was performed using an independent sample T test. The mean values of CFU mg-1counts in group 2 excoriations (surface 39.75, and depth 9.75) were higher than the group 1 excoriations (surface 1.67, and depth 0.42). This study supports the use of amalgam for building up cores due to its antibacterial properties. Composite resin, however, enhanced sizable bacterial growth despite the presence of fluoride.

KEY WORDS: Bacterial growth, Dental amalgam, Fluoridated Composite resin.


A. Al Ghadban, F. Al Shaarani

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