J Korean Acad Pediatr Dent > Volume 48(4); 2021 > Article
염화알루미늄 지혈제가 유치와 레진강화형 글라스아이오노머 시멘트의 결합강도에 미치는 영향


이 연구의 목적은 유치의 상아질면에서 염화알루미늄 지혈제의 적용이 레진강화형 글라스아이오노머(RMGIC)의 결합에 미치는 영향을 전단결합강도, 주사전자현미경(SEM), 에너지분산형 분광분석기(EDS)를 통하여 평가하는 것이다.
36개의 유구치가 이용되었으며, 상아질이 노출되도록 시편을 제작하여 상아질 전처리과정에 따라 4개의 군으로 분류하였다. I, II, III, IV군은 각각 전처리를 하지 않은 군, 25% polyacrylic acid(PAA)를 10초간 적용한 군, 21.3% 염화알루미늄 지혈제를 1분간 적용한 군, IV군은 염화알루미늄 지혈제를 1분간 사용한 뒤 PAA를 10초간 적용한 군으로 설정하였다. 각 군당 15개의 시편에 RMGIC를 중합하여 전단결합강도를 측정하였다. 각 군당 3개의 시편을 SEM/EDS 분석하였다.
II군, IV군, I군, III군 순서로 결합강도가 유의하게 높았다. SEM 촬영으로 염화알루미늄 지혈제를 적용한 군들은 도말층이 일부 제거되었음을 확인하였다. EDS 분석결과, 염화알루미늄 지혈제 적용 후 칼슘의 감소 및 염소와 알루미늄의 증가가 확인되었고, PAA 사용 후에도 증가한 염소는 감소하지 않음을 관찰하였다.
연구를 통해 염화알루미늄 지혈제는 PAA의 사용에 관계없이 상아질에서 RMGIC의 전단결합강도를 감소시키는 것을 알 수 있다.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of a hemostatic agent containing aluminum chloride on the shear bond strength of resin-modified glass ionomer cement (RMGIC) to the dentin of primary teeth.
Thirty-six extracted non-carious human primary teeth were collected in this study. Dentin surfaces were cut and polished. The specimens were randomly divided into 4 groups; group I: RMGIC without conditioning; group II: polyacrylic acid (PAA), RMGIC; group III: aluminum chloride, RMGIC; group IV: aluminum chloride, PAA, RMGIC.
All teeth were thermocycled between 5.0℃ and 55.0℃ for 5000 cycles. Fifteen specimens from each group were subjected to shear bond strength test and 3 specimens from each group were inspected using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy.
The mean shear bond strength of each group was as follows: 4.04 ± 0.88 MPa in group I, 8.29 ± 1.40 MPa in group II, 1.39 ± 0.47 MPa in group III, 6.24 ± 2.76 MPa in group IV. There were significant differences among all groups (p<0.001). SEM image of the dentinal tubules were partially exposed in group III and group IV. Fully exposed dentinal tubules were found in group II.
In conclusion, aluminum chloride decreased the shear bond strength of RMGIC to dentin, regardless of PAA conditioning.

Ⅰ. Introduction

Resin-modified glass ionomer cement (RMGIC) is a dental restorative material composed of conventional glass ionomer cement (GIC), a photo-activated methacrylate and 2-HEMA or Bis-GMA[1]. RMGIC has a lower bonding strength than composite resin. RMGIC is one of the restorative materials of choice for dental caries in pediatric patients in the precooperative stage. RMGIC exhibits an excellent microbiological environment at subgingival margin compared to composite resin[2].
For successful adhesion of restorative materials, hemostatic agents are used to prevent blood contamination. Aluminum chloride (AlCl₃) is one of the most frequently used for bleeding control in the oral cavity[3,4]. The occurrence of systemic side effects with aluminum chloride hemostatic agent is less common[5]. Aluminum chloride hemostatic agent is often used in dental clinics at a concentration of are in 5 - 25% a pH of 0.7 - 3.0[4,6,7]. Aluminum chloride forms a barrier by reacting with blood proteins and arrests the bleeding from the vessels[8,9].
Several studies have reported that aluminum chloride hemostatic agents have an additional effect on dentin by removing the smear layer present on the dentinal walls following instrumentation and by changing the composition of the dentinal surface[6,10]. Previous studies conducted to investigate the bonding strength of resin restorative material contaminated by aluminum chloride hemostatic agent showed different results according to the use of acid etching and classification of adhesives. One of the studies reported that identified a significantly decreased bonding strength of resin in a group wherein the self-etching adhesive had acted as a hemostatic agent[11]. Another study confirmed the recovery of bonding strength after using self-etching adhesives followed by acid etching treatment with phosphoric acid[12]. The document regarding the effect on shear bond strength of dentin of primary teeth by aluminum chloride hemostatic agent is limited.
The purpose of this study was to analyze the effect of aluminum chloride hemostatic agent on the shear bond strength by of RMGIC to dentin of primary molar. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) based image analysis and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analysis were performed.

Ⅱ. Materials and Methods

This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the Dankook University Dental Hospital (IRB NO: DKUDH IRB 2020-05-004).

1. Materials

Altogether, 36 non-carious primary molars were used in this study. The teeth were extracted within 4 months from pediatric patients who visited the Dankook University Dental Hospital. After extraction, the primary molars were immediately rinsed under running tap water and cleaned with a ultrasonic scaler. Primary molars were immersed in 1.23% thymol solution and stored in a refrigerator at 4.0℃ until used for the experiment. The specimens were randomly divided into 4 groups, with 15 specimens allocated to each group.
Ketac™ conditioner (ESPE, USA) containing polyacrylic acid (PAA) was used to remove the dentinal smear layer (Table 1). Hemodent® (Premier Product Co., Germany) was used as an aluminum chloride hemostatic agent. Fuji™ II LC capsule (A2 shade, GC Dental Co., Japan) was used as the restorative material, and it was light-cured with B&Lite S (B&L BIOTECH Inc., South Korea).

2. Methods

1) Fabrication of specimens

A mold was fabricated with a 3D printer using polylactic acid filament. The teeth were subsequently embedded in the mold and filled with self-curing acrylic resin. After 24 hours, the teeth were sectioned into the buccal and the lingual portions with a highly accurate cut-off machine (Accutom-50: Struers, Denmark, Fig. 1). To create homogeneous smear layer, the exposed dentin surface was thoroughly polished for 60 seconds with a polishing machine (J-POS2: JISICO, South Korea) and a 600 grit silicon carbide sandpaper under water coolant.

2) Dentin surface treatment and RMGIC restoration

In group I, the surface of each specimen was air-dried for 5 seconds. Onto the dried surface of the dentin, a Teflon mold with an internal diameter of 3.0 mm, the height of 2.0 mm was placed. The mold was restored with RMGIC, and light-cured for 20 seconds.
In group II, the surface of each specimen was air-dried for 5 seconds, and PAA was applied for 10 seconds. After washing with water for 5 seconds, the surface was air-dried for 10 seconds. Subsequently, RMGIC was applied and cured using the same method used for group I.
In group III, aluminum chloride hemostatic agent was applied for 1 minute. The application time of 1 minute was according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The surface was then washed for 10 seconds and air-dried for 5 seconds. RMGIC was cured with the same method used for group I.
Similarly, an aluminum chloride hemostatic agent was also used in group IV. Subsequently, PAA was applied for 10 seconds, washed with water for 10 seconds, and the surface was air-dried for 5 seconds. RMGIC was cured in the same method used for group I.
In all groups, PAA and hemostatic agent were applied onto all the surfaces of the teeth using a cotton pellet.

3) Thermocycling

All of the cured RMGIC specimens were subjected to thermocycling process between temperature of 5.0℃ and 55.0℃ for 5000 cycles with dwelling time of 30 seconds and transfer time of 5 seconds (Fig. 2).

4) Measurement of shear bond strength

A universal testing machine (Kyung-Sung Testing Machine Co., South Korea) was used to measure the shear bond strength (Fig. 3). Each specimen was tested in the machine under the condition of a 50.0 KgF load cell with a crosshead speed of 1.0 mm/min. The maximum value at the time when the RMGIC restoration detaches from the specimen was measured. Each measurement was divided by the base area of the restoration and converted into MPa.

5) SEM/EDS Analysis

Three specimens were used for SEM/EDS study of each group. Dentin was pre-treated in the same manner as described previously. The exposed dentinal surface was observed in SEM (Sigma 500 VP: Zeiss, Germany) at 5000 magnification. The surface of the specimen was analyzed using EDS (NORAN System 7: Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA) attached to SEM. Elements such as carbon, oxygen, aluminum, phosphorous, chlorine, and calcium were measured with EDS.

3. Statistical Analysis

The results were statistically analyzed with SPSS version 21.0 (SPSS Inc., USA). Kruskal-Wallis test was used for evaluating shear bond strength data. Each group was compared by Mann-Whitney test for post hoc analysis. p value was measured by the Bonferroni method.

Ⅲ. Results

1. Shear bond strength

The mean and standard deviation of the shear bond strength of each group are presented (Table 2, 3). Group I that restored RMGIC without using hemostatic agent and PAA showed 4.04 ± 0.88 MPa of shear bond strength. Group II, which used only PAA without hemostatic agent showed 8.29 ± 1.40 MPa of shear bond strength, a higher value than group I. Group III, wherein only the hemostatic agent was used, a shear bond strength of 1.39 ± 0.47 MPa. This value was lower than that observed in group I. In group IV, where a hemostatic agent was used prior to applying PAA, the value of 6.24 ± 2.76 MPa appeared, which was a higher than group I but lower than group II. Significant differences were observed among the shear bond strengths of all groups.

2. SEM/EDS analysis

When the dentinal surface was examined using SEM, it was impossible to identify the shape of the dentinal tubules in group I, since the smear layer covered the dentinal surface (Fig 4). On the other hand, the round shape of the dentinal tubule was observable in group II, since the smear layer has been removed by the PAA. In group III, which used the aluminum chloride hemostatic agent, the opening of dentinal tubules was wider than group I, but the shape of the opening was not circular. Group IV is observed to have some smear layer removed from the surface compared to group I, and this pattern was similar to group III.
In the EDS analysis, aluminum was observed in groups III and IV that used the hemostatic agent (Table 4). It was not observed in groups I and II which did not use the hemostatic agent. The weight percentage of chlorine was higher in group III than in groups I, II and IV. The weight percentage of calcium was lower in groups III and IV than in group I.

Ⅳ. Discussion

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of contamination from aluminum chloride hemostatic agent on the shear bond strength of RMGIC to primary tooth dentin.
Many carious lesions are located near the subgingival margin. Contamination with blood and gingival crevicular fluid takes place near the subgingival margin. To prevent such deterioration, practitioners use the hemostatic agent during the restoration process to reduce the amount of gingival crevicular fluid and to control gingival bleeding[4]. Pediatric dentistry clinics use various hemostatic agents, including aluminum chloride, ferric sulfate, and epinephrine. Each hemostatic agents has a difference in mechanisms for hemostasis. Therefore, the appropriate hemostatic agent is selected for the location and situation of bleeding. The present experiment was performed using an aluminum chloride that acts by precipitating proteins on the superficial layer of mucosa and make it mechanically stronger.
RMGIC is a restorative material composed of GIC with resin components[1]. The mechanical properties such as tensile strength and compressive strength of RMGIC is equal to those of bond strength GIC. The bonding intensity of RMGIC depends on the ionic bond between hydroxyapatite (HA) of the tooth and restorative material[13]. Ionic bonding between tooth and material takes place by the acid-base reaction of calcium ions from HA present on the surface of the tooth and carboxyl ion from polyacids present in RMGIC components.
There are previous studies on the negative effects of hemostatic agents on the adhesion of composite resin. It has been reported that ferric sulfate hemostatic agents reduce the bonding strength of composite resin[12,14-17]. Prabhakar and Bedi[18] suggested that the reduction in shear bond strength may be associated with coagulation of plasma proteins in the dentinal fluid. Another previous studies report that aluminum chloride hemostatic agents have a negative effect on bonding strength of composite resin[10,12,14,15]. It was postulated that insoluble complex was responsible for the decrease in bonding strength on the composite resin which contaminated with aluminum chloride[19]. In the case of two hemostatic agents, some researchers report that the reduced bonding strength was recovered when using the total etching adhesive system[10-12,20]. In primary tooth, it also showed a tendency to decrease bonding strength due to hemostatic agents[16,18]. Our findings, using RMGIC, were in line with those of the previous studies which report the decrease in bonding strength after the application of hemostatic agents.
The micromechanical bonding of polymers that penetrate the dentinal tubules is important[21,22]. The polymer penetrating the dentinal tubules exposed after elimination of the smear layer enhances the micromechanical bonding strength by increasing the surface area. Elimination of the smear layer observed in the SEM after the use of aluminum chloride hemostatic agent was consistent with the previous study[6,23,24]. Land et al.[6] reported that the smear layers partially eliminated within 30 seconds to 5 minutes after the application of aluminum chloride hemostatic agent. The amount of smear layer elimination was increased by time. However, the openings of dentinal tubules were not fully exposed, and debris remained within the dentinal tubules.
In the present study, the shear bond strength of group III was significantly lower than that of group I. Hemostatic agent use may have contributed to the reduction in the bond strength between dentin and RMGIC. If the aluminum ion contained in the aluminum chloride hemostatic agent reacts with HA of the tooth surface, it is replaced by calcium ions of HA to form an insoluble complex, Al(OH)₂H₂PO₄[19]. Accordingly, it reduces the reactivity of the dentin surface and leads to decreased ionic bond with RMGIC.
According to Saad et al.[14], there was no significant difference in bond strength between a group involving RMGIC restoration wherein PAA was applied after contamination with an aluminum chloride hemostatic agent and a group involving RMGIC restoration wherein PAA was applied without the use of a hemostatic agent. However, it was significantly lower than the group that only applied PAA without hemostatic agent. Such difference in results seems to be due to the differences in constituents of the material and type of the teeth used in the study.
As a result of EDS analysis, aluminum was identified in groups III and IV which was not present in groups I and II. Groups III and IV showed the similar weight percentage of aluminum. Weight percentage of chlorine in group III was higher than in groups I, II and III. This indicates that the application of PAA has reduced the weight percentage of chlorine on the tooth surface, whereas the effect was minimal in the case of aluminum. This result is consistent with those of the previous studies. This was associated with reduced calcium after using a hemostatic agent and is assumed to be the result of complex formation.
Application of 37% phosphoric acid following the use of aluminum chloride hemostatic agent can effectively eliminate some of the remaining smear layers due to acid corrosion. And the openings of the dentinal tubules were observed more clearly following its application[11,24]. In addition, one study using ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid reports that the bonding strength was restored[10]. But, many studies that used PAA following the use of aluminum chloride hemostatic agent reported that this protocol was inadequate to effectively remove the debris remaining within the dentinal tubules[14,23]. The findings from the previous studies are consistent with the SEM results from the present study.
In this study, the experiment was conducted to verify alterations in tooth surface and reduction in the bond strength by a hemostatic agent. One previous study on this reduction suggests cutting off the portion of surface dentin that was exposed to the hemostatic agent[25]. Additional studies need to be conducted to explore ways to recover the bond strength of dentin contaminated with aluminum chloride as much as that of the uncontaminated surface during the process of bonding RMGIC.
The present study examined the influence of aluminum chloride. In addition to aluminum chlorides, a variety of hemostatic agents such as ferric sulfate are used in pediatric dental clinics. Further studies are required to compare and analyze the effects of those various hemostatic agents on bonding strength between RMGIC and dentin of primary teeth.
Since there are restoration cases using RMGIC for permanent tooth in the department of pediatric dentistry such as amelogenesis imperfecta cases and erupting tooth, a study investigating the effect of aluminum chloride hemostatic agent on permanent dentin is also required.

Ⅴ. Conclusion

The shear bond strength of RMGIC significantly decreased when aluminum chloride hemostatic agent was applied for 1 minute regardless of the use of PAA in dentin of primary molar. The findings of SEM imaging showed that some of the smear layers were removed when aluminum chloride hemostatic agent was applied to dentin. Also, when the aluminum chloride hemostatic agent was applied, the increased weight percentage of chlorine declined with PAA application, while the measurement of aluminum did not. The calcium measurement dropped after applying the aluminum chloride hemostatic agent. The application of an aluminum chloride hemostatic agent to the exposed surface of dentin should be avoided to prevent the reduction of shear bonding strength during the restoration of RMGIC on dentin of primary molar.

Fig 1.
Precision cut-off machine used in this study.
Fig 2.
Thermocycling machine. The samples were thermocycled for 5000 cycles. Thermocycling process was performed between 5 - 55℃.
Fig 3.
Universal testing machine. The bonded base was parallel to the shear force direction.
Fig 4.
Scanning electron microscope images. (A) Dentin surface after grinding with 600 grit silicon carbide paper. (B) Dentin surface after 10 seconds application with 25% polyacrylic acid. (C) Dentin surface after 1 minute application with 21.3% aluminum chloride. (D) Dentin surface after 1 minute application with 21.3% aluminum chloride and 10 seconds application with 25% polyacrylic acid (original magnification 5000×).
Table 1.
Materials used in the study
Material Component Manufacturer
Ketac™ Conditioner 25% polyacrylic acid ESPE, USA
Hemodent® 21.3% Aluminum chloride hexahydrate Premier Product Co., Germany
Fuji™ II LC capsule Fluoro-alumino-silicate glass GC Dental Co., Japan
2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA)
Urethane dimethacrylate (UDMA)
Polyacrylic acid
Distilled water
Table 2.
Shear bond strength of each group
Group n Mean ± SD (MPa)
Group I 15 4.04 ± 0.88
Group II 15 8.29 ± 1.40
Group III 15 1.39 ± 0.47
Group IV 15 6.24 ± 2.76
Table 3.
Correlation between values of shear bond strength
Group I Group II Group III Group IV
Group I
Group II 0.000
Group III 0.000 0.000
Group IV 0.000 0.000 0.000

p-values from Kruskal-Wallis test, Mann-Whitney test

Table 4.
Mean concentrations of elements detected expressed as weight percentages
Group Weight percentage (Mean ± SD, wt%)
C O Al P Cl Ca
Group I 6.13 ± 0.20 38.27 ± 0.64 0.00 ± 0.00 17.81 ± 0.20 0.10 ± 0.05 31.87 ± 0.33
Group II 10.71 ± 0.31 37.09 ± 0.64 0.00 ± 0.00 14.15 ± 0.17 0.05 ± 0.04 27.28 ± 0.29
Group III 8.35 ± 0.33 40.27 ± 0.63 2.84 ± 0.09 15.83 ± 0.18 0.24 ± 0.05 22.77 ± 0.28
Group IV 8.85 ± 0.37 40.15 ± 0.64 3.19 ± 0.09 17.05 ± 0.20 0.08 ± 0.05 22.47 ± 0.29


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