Accelerated fatigue testing of dentin-composite bond with continuously increasing load

Kai Li, Jiawen Guo, Yuping Li, Young Cheul Heo, Jihua Chen, Haitao Xin, Alex Fok

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Objectives The aim of this study was to evaluate an accelerated fatigue test method that used a continuously increasing load for testing the dentin-composite bond strength. Methods Dentin-composite disks (ϕ5 mm × 2 mm) made from bovine incisor roots were subjected to cyclic diametral compression with a continuously increasingly load amplitude. Two different load profiles, linear and nonlinear with respect to the number of cycles, were considered. The data were then analyzed by using a probabilistic failure model based on the Weakest-Link Theory and the classical stress-life function, before being transformed to simulate clinical data of direct restorations. Results All the experimental data could be well fitted with a 2-parameter Weibull function. However, a calibration was required for the effective stress amplitude to account for the difference between static and cyclic loading. Good agreement was then obtained between theory and experiments for both load profiles. The in vitro model also successfully simulated the clinical data. Significance The method presented will allow tooth-composite interfacial fatigue parameters to be determined more efficiently. With suitable calibration, the in vitro model can also be used to assess composite systems in a more clinically relevant manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-689
Number of pages9
JournalDental Materials
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2017


  • Accelerated testing
  • Composite restoration
  • Debonding
  • Dentin-composite interface
  • Fatigue failure
  • Weibull statistics


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