Tubular occlusion of simulated hypersensitive dentin by the combined use of ozone and desensitizing agents.
Journal - Acta odontologica Scandinavica
Abstract Objective. Ozone was suggested for treatment of hypersensitive dentin. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of ozone, with or without the use of desensitizing agents, on patency and occlusion of simulated hypersensitive dentin. Materials and methods. Sixty standardized dentin slabs were randomly divided into six groups: distilled water (Control), ozone treatment, fluoride desensitizer (ALLSolutions, Dentsply), oxalate desensitizer (D/Sense Crystal, Centrix), combined use of ozone/fluoride and combined use of ozone/oxalate. Ozone gas was delivered from OzonyTronX (Mymed). Specimens were evaluated using a scanning electron microscope and digital image analysis before and after treatment. Results. Statistical analysis using ANOVA and Mann-Whitney U-tests revealed significantly lower percentage of tubular occlusion with ozone treatment than distilled water at p = 0.05. Scanning electron microscope photomicrographs of oxalate desensitizer specimens revealed a thick homogenous precipitate with significantly higher percentage of tubular occlusion than fluoride desensitizer and distilled water. Combined use of ozone/fluoride resulted in a significantly higher percentage of tubular occlusion than fluoride desensitizer alone. However, no significant difference was found between oxalate desensitizer and combined use of ozone/oxalate. Conclusion s . The use of ozone gas is a viable adjunct to fluoride-containing desensitizers in enhancing tubular occlusion, but is not effective with oxalate desensitizers.