AMERICAN JOURNAL OF DENTISTRY, cilt.17, ss.279-282, 2004
Purpose: To evaluate the surface roughness of Esthet-X resin-based composite with the multi-use of a one-step disposable diamond micro polisher PoGo with profilometer and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Methods: 35 discs were obtained by condensing Esthet-X in an 8x2 mm plexiglass mold covered with a Mylar strip. The specimens were polymerized 40 seconds on both sides. Five Mylar strips' surfaces were used as a control. Six groups of five discs were formed by reusing the same PoGo disc 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 times. The surfaces of the 30 discs were ground wet with a 1200 grit silicon carbide paper and then polished 30 seconds with PoGo. The surface roughness was measured with Surtronic 4. One representative sample of each group was selected to visualize the surfaces morphology by SEM. The results were statistically evaluated by one-way ANOVA (P < 0.01). Results: There were no statistical differences with the Mylar-created surfaces and one, two and three times' use of PoGo. Furthermore, reusing PoGo one to four times was not found to affect the surface roughness (P > 0.01). There were no differences with four and five re-uses of PoGo while using the same disc six times exhibited more roughness than single use and Mylar strip (P < 0.01). The SEM and the profilometer revealed similar results.