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Journal of Applied Oral Science

Print version ISSN 1678-7757

J. Appl. Oral Sci. vol.20 no.2 Bauru Mar./Apr. 2012 



A randomized double-blind clinical trial of posterior composite restorations with or without bevel: 1-year follow-up



Fábio Herrmann Coelho-De-SouzaI; Junara Cristina CamargoII; Tiago BeskowII; Matheus Dalmolin BalestrinII; Celso Afonso Klein-JúniorIII; Flávio Fernando DemarcoIV

IDDS, MSD, PhD, Department of Conservative Dentistry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
IIDDS, private practice, Cachoeira do Sul, RS, Brazil
IIIDDS, MSD, PhD, Department of Dentistry, Lutheran University of Brazil, Cachoeira do Sul, RS, Brazil
IVDDS, PhD, Department of Operative Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil

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OBJECTIVE: This randomized double-blind clinical trial compared the performance of posterior composite restorations with or without bevel, after 1-year follow-up.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirteen volunteers requiring at least two posterior composite restorations were selected. Twenty-nine cavities were performed, comprising 14 without bevel (butt joint) and 15 with bevel preparation of the enamel cavosurface angle. All cavities were restored with simplified adhesive system (Adper Single Bond) and composite resin (Filtek P60). A halogen light curing unit was used through the study. Restorations were polished immediately. Analysis was carried out at baseline, after 6 months and after 1 year by a calibrated evaluator (Kappa), according to the FDI criteria. Data were statistically analyzed by Mann-Whitney test (p <0.05).
RESULTS: Beveled and non-beveled cavities performed similarly after 1 year follow-up, regarding to fractures and retention, marginal adaptation, postoperative hypersensitivity, recurrence of caries, surface luster and anatomic form. However, for surface and marginal staining, beveled cavities showed significantly better performance (p<0.05) than butt joint restorations.
CONCLUSIONS: It was concluded that the restorations were acceptable after 1 year, but restorations placed in cavities with marginal beveling showed less marginal staining than those placed in non-beveled cavities.

Key words: Clinical trial. Composite resins. Bevel. Dental restoration, permanent.




Despite significant improvements in dental materials, especially regarding composite resin, some problems are still present, such as polymerization shrinkage and a long lasting sealing at the interface composite/dental structure, which could cause postoperative sensitivity, marginal staining and possible pulpal problems1,10. Several techniques have been developed to prevent or reduce these undesirable problems, like incremental technique to reduce the C-factor4, improved adhesive systems23 and different cavities5,15,18. Bevel has been associated with beneficial results for composite restorations in anterior teeth: transversal exposition of the enamel prisms, favoring acid etching19, increase in the surface area to be conditioned, enhancing the adhesion6, reduction in microleakage15 and increase of the resistance to fracture of restored teeth5. Based on these improvements, bevel preparation in posterior composite restorations may be considered to improve the clinical performance of these restorations7.

Generally, clinical evaluation of restorations has been performed using the USPHS system (Ryge Criteria)2,3,13,14,16,20,22,24. However, this method presents some shortcomings, especially in view of the new concepts regarding caries development. Recently, Hickel, et al.11 (2007), in a task force from the Fédération Dentaire Internationale (FDI), elaborated a new proposal to evaluate restorations that could provide better individualization of the data, improving standardization and making the data from different studies comparable. The aim of this randomized clinical trial was to evaluate posterior composite restorations prepared with or without bevel, using the FDI criteria, after 1-year follow-up.



Study design

This study was a double-blind randomized clinical trial using the split mouth design. Class I or II were prepared in molars or premolars, with or without bevel preparation. The study had the approval of the local Research Ethics Committee (CEP-ULBRA 2007-170H).

Thirteen patients were selected and signed an informed consent form to participate in the study. The patients should be aged 20-30 years, males or females, each one needing at least two Class I or II, in the mandible or maxilla. Patients with poor oral hygiene, parafunctional habits, tooth requiring large restorations and teeth without antagonist were excluded from the study.

Each patient received two restorations, both performed with the composite resin Filtek P60 (3M/ESPE, St Paul, MN, USA) and the adhesive system Adper Single Bond (3M/ESPE, St Paul, MN, USA), which were used following manufacturers' instructions. The restorations were randomly assigned for two groups: Group 1: cavities without bevel (butt joint) (n=14); Group 2: cavities with bevel (n=15). The bevel was prepared in the enamel cavosurface angle using a diamond bur 2135 (KG Sorensen, Alphaville, SP, Brazil), with an inclination of 45º.

All restorations were placed using rubber dam to avoid contamination. The operative procedures were made under air-water spray cooling to avoid pulp damage. A metallic matrix with wooden wedge was used for class II preparations. A halogen light curing unit (XL 3000; 3M/ESPE), with an energy higher than 450 mW/cm2 (±50 mw/cm2) was used throughout the experiment and the energy was constantly monitored.

After placement of the restorations, finishing and polishing were performed using diamond burs nº 3195F or 1190F (KG Sorensen) and Enhance system (Dentsply, York, PA, USA). The operators were trained and calibrated to perform the restorations.

All restorations were evaluated soon after polishing (Baseline) by a calibrated examiner (Kappa intraexaminer), according to the FDI method7,11, which is composed by 5 scores for each one of the different criteria. Only restorations classified as clinically excellent for all criteria were included in the follow-up period.

After 6 months7 and 1 year, restorations were re-evaluated by the same examiner from baseline, using the same evaluation method.

Data obtained after 1 year of evaluation were subjected to statistical analysis using the Mann-Whitney test, with the significant level of p<0.05.



Twenty-nine restorations were placed in 13 patients, being: 24 molars and 5 premolars; 14 without bevel (butt joint) and 15 with bevel; 17 class I and 12 class II cavities. Data referring to the scores obtained for the different criteria at 6-month evaluation are presented in Tables 1, 3 and 5, and at 1-year are presented in Tables 2, 4 and 6.

Beveled and non-beveled cavities showed no statistically significant difference (p>0.05) after 1 year follow-up, for most criteria: fractures and retention, marginal adaptation, postoperative hypersensitivity, recurrence of caries, surface luster and anatomic form. The only difference was observed for surface and marginal staining, as the beveled cavities showed significantly less marginal staining (P=0.04) than non-beveled cavities.



The present study showed that posterior composite restorations performed well after 1 year and beveled cavities presented similar behavior than non beveled cavities, but with better marginal sealing, corroborating previous laboratory studies15,18.

Longitudinal studies are considered outstanding studies to generate scientific based evidence regarding treatment procedures8,9.

Few clinical data are available in the literature concerning the effect of bevel preparation, especially in posterior teeth7. Bevel preparation has been reported to produce some beneficial effects in composite restorations: removal of the aprismatic layer of enamel, favoring the acid etching; increase of the surface energy and wettability of the substrate; increase of surface area for acid etching, reducing microleakage and improving marginal seal; improvement of esthetics, masking the interface between enamel and composite and, increasing the restoration retention2,6,12,15,17,18. The only disadvantage related to bevel preparation is the removal of additional sound tissue; however, this is a small removal of dental structure, which is overcome by the improved sealing obtained for beveled cavities5.

In the present study, the method proposed by the FDI was used to evaluate the longevity of posterior restorations11. This method represented a significant improvement in the evaluation accuracy when compared to the widely employed USPHS method (United States Public Health Service – Ryge Criteria)1-3,13,14,16,20,22,24. This new method presents a larger number of scores making it easier to establish potential differences regarding restoration quality. Moreover, this method allows the evaluation of the different categories: functional, biological and esthetic. The task force that developed this new method recommends its use in clinical studies to facilitate future comparisons between different investigations8,11.

Non-beveled and beveled cavities performed similarly in almost all the criteria evaluated in this study. Nevertheless, beveled cavities exhibited better marginal sealing and this finding could be related to the benefits provided by the bevel, as previously reported here. The more favorable exposure of enamel prisms after bevel preparation19 improves the marginal seal5,18, making difficult the penetration of substances or bacterial by products along of the interface15. Swanson, et al.21 (2008) observed less microleakage in beveled cavities compared to butt-joint restorations, when using etch-and-rinse adhesive system, like the one used in our study.

This study presents some limitations, such as the small number of patients and the relative short-term follow-up (1-year). However, even with these limitations, it was possible to detect differences between treatments. The authors are following the patients for longer periods of time in order to evaluate the longevity of the posterior composite restorations with or without bevel. Long-term clinical trials are the outstanding method to provide scientific evidence regarding the durability of restorative treatments.



Within the limitations of this study, it may be concluded that: 1. After 1 year of follow-up, all restorations were acceptable, regardless of the type of cavity preparation; 2. Beveled and non-beveled cavities performed similarly in most of the criteria evaluated; but beveled cavities showed less marginal staining.



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Corresponding address:
Prof. Dr. Flávio F. Demarco
Rua Gonçalves Chaves, 457 - Pelotas
RS - 96015-560 - Brasil
Phone: 55-5332256741 - R. 136

Received: June 2, 2010
Acepted: August 26, 2010

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