A randomised controlled trial of a Universal Bonding agent at three years: Self etch vs Total etch

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General dental practice is increasingly being recognised as the ideal situation for the conduct of clinical trials into the longevity of restorations. The aim of this study was to investigate the survival of 64 nanofilled resin composite (Filtek Supreme XTE) restorations placed principally in loadbearing cavities using a Universal dentine bonding agent (Scotchbond Universal), in five UK dental practices by members of the UK-based practice-based research group, the PREP Panel. A split mouth design was used, comprising patients who required two restorations, with one of the restorations receiving a total etch approach using phosphoric acid and the other being placed using a self-etch approach. The results indicated good performance of the restorations examined, with no difference, in terms of marginal characteristics, between the restorations which received total etching and those which did not.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-227
JournalThe European journal of prosthodontics and restorative dentistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


  • Randomized Controlled Trials, Bonding Agent, self-etching, total etching