n Journal of Minimum Intervention in Dentistry - Advantages of Self-etch versus Etch-and-rinse systems [November 4, 2014] : preliminary systematic literature searches

Volume 8, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1998-801X


Eight articles reporting on 4 clinical trials after different follow-up periods were found.

The results indicate no difference in retention and anatomic form of restorations after 1 - 3 years. Marginal adaptation appears to be superior for etch-and-rinse systems after 1 - 2 years and no difference was found after 3 years. Marginal discoloration is significantly more observed for (1-step) self-etch systems. Post-operative sensitivity was the same for both systems in all trials. Contradicting evidence was found for clinical success rate of self-etching adhesive (G-Bond) adhesives after 5 years.
The current level of clinical evidence to this topic appears to some extent contradictive and may still be limited in quantity and quality. Thus more trials are needed in order to confirm the current results.

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