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J Endod. 2014 Jul;40(7):953-7. doi: 10.1016/j.joen.2013.11.007. Epub 2013 Dec 17.

Influence of acidic environment on properties of biodentine and white mineral trioxide aggregate: a comparative study.

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Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt. Electronic address:



The purpose of this study was to evaluate the surface microhardness, compressive strength, bond strength, and morphologic microstructures of Biodentine (BD; Septodont, Saint Maur des Fossés, France) and white mineral trioxide aggregate (WMTA) after exposure to a range of acidic pH levels.


For each test, 4 groups of each material were exposed to pH values of 7.4, 6.4, 5.4, and 4.4, respectively, for 7 days. The surface hardness was determined using Vickers microhardness. The compressive strength and micro-push-out bond strength were determined using the universal testing machine at a crosshead speed of 0.5 mm/min. The morphologic microstructures of specimens were evaluated using scanning electron microscopy.


BD showed higher surface hardness, compressive strength, and bond strength to root dentin compared with WMTA after exposure to different pH values. A substantial change in the microstructure of BD and WMTA occurred after exposure to different pH values. WMTA appeared to be more sensitive to acidic pH environments than BD.


BD material seems more appropriate for use when exposed to an acidic environment compared with WMTA.


Acidic; Biodentine; bond; compressive; hardness; microstructures

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