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Dental and Medical Problems

2020, vol. 57, nr 3, July-September, p. 239–246

doi: 10.17219/dmp/121973

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Copper nanoparticles as nanofillers in an adhesive resin system: An in vitro study

Nanocząsteczki miedzi jako nanowypełniacze w systemie wiążącym – badanie in vitro

Rafael Torres-Rosas1,D,E,F, Nayely Torres-Gómez2,3,B,C,E,F, René García-Contreras4,B,C,F, Rogelio José Scougall-Vilchis5,A,D,E,F, Luis Roberto Domínguez-Díaz3,6,B,F, Liliana Argueta-Figueroa7,A,B,D,F

1 Laboratory of Biomaterials, Center for Studies in Health and Disease Sciences, School of Dentistry, Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca, Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico

2 Technological Institute of Toluca, Metepec, Mexico

3 National Technological Institute of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

4 Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Research, Area of Nanostructures and Biomaterials, National School of Higher Studies León Unit, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

5 Department of Orthodontics, Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Dentistry, Autonomous University of Mexico State, Mexico City, Mexico

6 Technological Institute of Oaxaca, Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico

7 Cátedras CONACYT – School of Dentistry, Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca, Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico


Background. The incorporation of an antibacterial agent into an adhesive could improve its clinical performance. Some nanoparticles (NPs), including copper nanoparticles (Cu NPs), display an antibacterial effect. Therefore, Cu NPs could act as a nanofiller when added to an adhesive.
Objectives. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antibacterial activity, cytotoxicity and shear bond strength (SBS) of an experimental dental adhesive with Cu NPs.
Material and Methods. Different concentrations (0.0050 wt%, 0.0075 wt% and 0.0100 wt%) of Cu NPs were added to the adhesive. The distribution of Cu NPs in the polymer matrix was observed based on transmission electron microscope (TEM) images. The antimicrobial activity of the adhesive + Cu NPs was evaluated with the agar disk diffusion test against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans). The cytotoxicity assay was performed by means of the MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) method with human pulp cells (HPC). Additionally, the SBS tests were carried out (n = 31) and the modes of fracture were registered. The vestibular and lingual surfaces of each tooth were randomly assigned to the study groups (group I – control adhesive; group II – adhesive + 0.0100 wt% Cu NPs). The samples were statistically analyzed (p ≤ 0.05).
Results. The adhesive + 0.0100 wt% Cu NPs showed inhibition zones against the strains under study that were similar to, or slightly smaller than, the halos produced by chlorhexidine (CHX) and specific drugs for each strain (30 μg of cefotaxime against S. mutans and S. aureus, and 1.25/3.75 μg of sulfamethoxazole/ trimethoprim against E. coli). The control adhesive was moderately cytotoxic (relative cell viability of 36.7 ±0.8%), being more cytotoxic than Cu NPs themselves (58.3 ±0.1%). A significantly higher SBS was obtained for the adhesive + 0.0100 wt% Cu NPs (6.038 ±2.95 MPa) than for the control group (3.278 ±1.75 MPa). The modes of fracture in group I were almost equally distributed between adhesive and cohesive failures whereas in group II, the failure was mainly cohesive.
Conclusion. The results of this study suggest that incorporating Cu NPs into an adhesive improves its SBS and provides it with antibacterial properties, without increasing its inherent cytotoxicity – 2 desirable characteristics for the dental adhesives of composites.

Key words

copper, nanoparticles, mechanical stress, antibacterial agents, dental bonding

Słowa kluczowe

miedź, nanocząsteczki, naprężenie mechaniczne, czynniki antybakteryjne, wiązanie dentystyczne

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