Contemporary Clinical Dentistry

: 2022  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 113--117

Comparative evaluation of the sealing ability of an alkasite restorative material and resin-modified glass ionomer cement in primary molars: An In vivo study

MP Pooja1, YM Karuna1, Arathi Rao1, Ethel Suman2, Srikant Natarajan3, BS Suprabha1,  
1 Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Microbiology, KMC, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Oral Pathology, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Y M Karuna
Department of Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka


Background: Cention N is relatively new and an “alkasite” restorative material, indicated for direct restorations. Aim: The aim of this study was to comparatively evaluate the sealing ability of Cention N and resin-modified glass ionomer cement (GIC) when used to restore primary molars. Methods and Materials: It is a split-mouth study. Twenty children having bilateral deep dentinal caries involving primary molars requiring restoration were selected. After caries excavation under the rubber dam, samples were collected from the cavity. Restorations of the teeth were done using either resin-modified GIC (RMGIC) or Cention N. Patients were recalled after 6 weeks and the restorations done previously were removed using contra angled micromotor handpiece under rubber dam isolation. The samples were collected again. The collected samples were used to estimate the total viable count. Statistical Analysis: The pretreatment, posttreatment colony counts, and the differences between the groups were analyzed using paired t-test. Results: No statistically significant difference was observed in the mean differences of the pre- and posttreatment colony count between alkasite restorative material and RMGIC (P = 0.056). Conclusion: Restorations done using alkasite restorative material and RMGIC performed equally in terms of sealing ability.

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Pooja M P, Karuna Y M, Rao A, Suman E, Natarajan S, Suprabha B S. Comparative evaluation of the sealing ability of an alkasite restorative material and resin-modified glass ionomer cement in primary molars: An In vivo study.Contemp Clin Dent 2022;13:113-117

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The most advocated restorative materials in pediatric dentistry include conventional glass ionomer cement (GIC), resin-modified GIC (RMGIC), and composite resins.[1],[2] Among the above-said materials, both GIC and RMGIC have fluoride releasing property, which reduces the incidence of secondary caries.[2] However, the indication of conventional GICs is limited only to low or moderate stress-bearing areas.[3] Class II cavities in primary molars restored using conventional GIC have significantly shorter longevity than the ones restored using RMGIC and compomers.[4],[5]

RMGICs exhibit better performance in terms of retention.[6] But, in comparison with composite resins, they are not very much user-friendly. If the right consistency of the cement is not obtained, then RMGIC sticks to the instrument during its placement in the cavity and may set fast without giving sufficient time for contouring. Also, their overall strength and esthetic properties are still inferior to that of resin composites.[7] RMGIC restorations may even undergo polymerization shrinkage and volumetric changes.[3]

On the other hand, composite resins are known for strength. The major concern regarding this material is the polymerization shrinkage caused due to the polymerization stress along the cavity wall which often leads to microleakage.[8],[9] The resultant microleakage may have consequences ranging from postoperative sensitivity to secondary caries.[10] Thus, considering the pros and cons of the available materials, pediatric restorative dentistry is in need of a material with good marginal seal, high strength, and fluoride-releasing property.

Cention N is an “alkasite” restorative material, indicated for direct restorations. Alkasites are a relatively new category of filling materials of the resin composite class. This material utilizes alkaline filler and is capable of releasing fluorides.[11] It has a self-curing property with optional additional light curing.

For any restoration to be successful, one of the criteria is good marginal sealing ability and integrity.[2] Maintenance of the marginal seal enhances the longevity of the restoration. Thus, the purpose of the present study was to comparatively evaluate the sealing ability of Cention N and RMGIC. The null hypothesis was set as there is no significant difference in the sealing ability of Cention N and RMGIC when used as restorative materials in primary molars.

 Materials and Methods

It was a split-mouth study conducted in the Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry of our institution after obtaining clearance from the Institutional Ethics Committee (reference number 18027). Parents of the patients were informed about the requirements and procedure of the study using a patient information sheet following which their consent was obtained.

Sample size

Based on the values obtained in an in vitro study by Samanta et al.,[11] the expected standard deviation was 0.454. With an alpha error of 5%, and a power of 90%, and keeping an effective difference to show a clinically significant difference of 0.33, a sample size of 20 was calculated.

Thus, a total of 20 patients in the age group between 4 and 10 years, who were in good general health and having bilateral Class I or Class II deep dentinal caries involving primary molars (minimum of two teeth with ICDAS 6) requiring restorations were included in the study [Figure 1]a. While screening for the study subjects, the patients exhibiting Frankl's definitely negative behavior and those on systemic antibiotics were excluded.{Figure 1}

Before starting the procedure, in each patient, one tooth was allocated to Group 1: alkasite restorative material Cention N (Ivoclar Vivadent Marketing Pvt. Ltd, India) and another to Group 2: RMGIC (GC Gold Label Light Cured Universal Restorative Material, GC Corporation, Tokyo, Japan) randomly using coin flip method.


The teeth were isolated using a rubber dam [Figure 1]b under local anesthesia (LOX 2% Adrenaline, Neon Laboratories Limited, Mumbai). The margins of the cavity were refined to obtain access using a high-speed handpiece, following which a stepwise excavation of caries (removal of caries in two steps) was done using a spoon excavator. Once the excavation was complete, the sample was taken from the cavity floor using a sterile cotton pellet dipped in sterile phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) solution. This was followed by cleaning the cavity with water and oil-free air. Finally, restoration of the tooth was done with either Cention N or RMGIC as per the manufacturer's recommendations [Figure 1]c.

Cention N restoration: The cavity was conditioned for a duration of 10 s following which a dentin bonding agent was applied and light cured for a duration of 20 s. The cavities were then restored using Cention N restorative material and light cured for 30 s using a light-curing unit (Elipar 2500, 3M ESPE, Dental Products, St Paul, MN, USA).

RMGIC restoration: Cavity conditioning was done for 10 s, followed by restoration using RMGIC which was light cured for a duration of 30 s using a light-curing unit (Elipar 2500, 3M ESPE, Dental Products, St Paul, MN, USA).

Following the restoration, patients were recalled after 6 weeks for complete removal of caries. During the second appointment, the restorations were removed using a sterile tungsten carbide bur in a contra-angled micromotor handpiece under rubber dam isolation, using light and intermittent pressure to avoid heat generation. A second set of sample was collected from the cavity in the similar manner as mentioned before. Following this, complete excavation of caries was done till hard dentine. The teeth were then restored with their respective restorative material.

Microbiological analysis

The collected cotton pellet was emulsified in 500 μL of PBS solution with a pH between 7.2 and 7.4. 0.01 ml of this solution was taken for bacterial counting using the surface plating method.[12] These plates were incubated at 37°C for 24 h in a carbon dioxide incubator. The number of bacterial colonies was multiplied by the dilution factor and the numbers of colonies were expressed in terms of CFU/ml.


All data were analyzed using the SPSS (version 20.0) software package. The level of significance was set at 5% (P < 0.05). The mean colony counts and standard deviation for each group along with differences between the groups and their P value are given in [Table 1]. The pretreatment, posttreatment values, and the differences between the groups were analyzed using paired t-test.{Table 1}

The pretreatment values were similar in Cention N and RMGIC group (P = 0.238) [Figure 2]a and [Figure 3]a. There was a significant fall in the post treatment values when compared to the pretreatment values in both the groups (P < 0.001). The posttreatment drop in the colony count was more in the Cention N group [Figure 3]b, however it was not statistically significant compared to the RMGIC group [Figure 2]b (P = 0.056).{Figure 2}{Figure 3}

Out of 20 patients included in the study, 6 patients had bilateral class I cavities and 14 had bilateral class II cavities. The comparison of the sealing ability of Cention N and RMGIC used for the restoration of class I and Class II cavities was done using an independent t-test [Table 2], there was no statistically significant difference between the subgroups, namely class I and class II (P = 0.479).{Table 2}


Cention N is a tooth-colored material used for direct restorations. It is self-cured with additional light-curing option.[11] It is radiopaque and releases fluoride, calcium, and hydroxide ions. Fluoride helps in preventing enamel demineralization and enhances remineralization. Calcium ion helps in remineralization, whereas the hydroxide ion acts as an acid-neutralizing ion. The liquid component comprises initiators and dimethacrylates, while the powder contains pigments, glass fillers, and initiators. They also contain isofillers that minimize the volumetric shrinkage and thereby lower the shrinkage stress.[13]

Restoration using Cention N can be done with or without the use of adhesives and this property sets them apart from the conventional composite resin restorations. A retentive cavity similar to that of amalgam filling is required if the restoration is being done without the use of adhesives. In cases wherein adhesives are used, the cavity preparation can be kept to a minimum following the principles of minimally invasive dentistry.[11] In the present study, the restoration of the cavity with Cention N was done using adhesives. RMGIC was used in the present study as a control group, as it is one of the most preferred restorative materials in children and has fluoride-releasing property.[3],[14]

The sealing ability of a restorative material is its ability to prevent the passage of clinically undetectable fluids, molecules, bacteria, or ions between the tooth and the restorative material.[11] Determination of microleakage is a useful indicator to detect the sealing ability of any restorative material. There are various methods used for assessing the microleakage which include radioactive isotopes, air pressure, neutron activation analysis, bacterial activity, microcomputed tomography, dye method, and scanning electron microscope. While many of them are in vitro methods, few others need sophisticated equipment.[15] In the present study, we used a microbiological method, in the form of estimation of total viable count beneath the restoration to evaluate the sealing ability. This method was used as it allows to assess the microleakage under natural conditions, where the restoration is subjected to the oral conditions and functions.

A stepwise excavation procedure was followed in the present study to manage the deep dentinal carious lesion. After 6 weeks, reentry was done to the cavity to remove residual caries.[16] At the same appointment, we collected the second sample from the cavity to check for the probable microleakage occurred. We collected the samples under rubber dam isolation to prevent cross contamination. Also, in the second appointment, the restoration was removed using a slow-speed contra angled micromotor under rubber dam isolation so as to prevent wetting of the cavity by the water from the air rotor which can lead to bacterial contamination.[17]

There are very few studies in the literature, which evaluated the sealing ability of Cention N. The results of the present study showed, Cention N has a comparable sealing ability to that of RMGIC. Although less number of colonies were seen postrestoration in the Cention N group than the RMGIC group, the difference was not statistically significant. When Samanta et al.[11] evaluated the microleakage of GIC, Cention N, and flowable composite resin in Class V cavity preparations, highest microleakage was exhibited in the flowable composite group, followed by the glass ionomer group, whereas Cention N exhibited the least microleakage. However, their study was in vitro and the evaluation of the microleakage was done using a stereomicroscope.

The present study was a split-mouth trial and all the selected samples had bilaterally either class I cavities or class II cavities. When subgroup analysis of the sealing ability of Cention N and RMGIC was done, no significant difference was observed between class I and class II cavities. The inclusion of both class I and class II cavities, however, created a heterogeneity in our study sample. Thus, future studies clinically evaluating the sealing ability of Cention N, which includes homogenous sample are recommended.


Within the limitations of this study, it can be concluded that Cention N and RMGIC performed comparably well in terms of marginal leakage following restoration in primary molars.

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