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Surface analysis of dental amalgams by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Odontology, Dental Technology/Dental Materials Science.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Chemistry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Odontology.
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2003 (English)In: Dental materials : official publication of the Academy of Dental Materials, Vol. 19, no 7, 639-644 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVES: It is important to characterize the surface of dental amalgam in order to understand the process of mercury release from amalgam restorations in the oral cavity. The mercury evaporation occurs not only from the newly made restoration but also from the set material. METHODS: The surfaces of four different types of amalgams, which had been well set, were analyzed with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the relationship between surface compositions and mercury release was studied. Fresh amalgam surfaces as well as aged surfaces, which were stored for 30 days in air, were investigated using XPS and the chemical states of amalgam components and oxygen were studied. The aged surfaces were also characterized with XRD and grazing angle XRD. RESULTS: With increased oxidation, the surface contents of tin and oxygen were increased in all amalgams. In contrast, the surface contents of copper and mercury were decreased. An increase of zinc or indium content were observed in zinc or indium containing amalgams, respectively. A surface layer enriched with indium and oxygen was clearly detected by XPS but not with grazing angle XRD. SIGNIFICANCE: The thickness of the enriched surface layer is estimated to be in the order of few nanometer, which is approximately equal to the analysis depth of XPS. In addition, the presence of metallic elements, like tin and zinc, that readily form a stable oxide layer at the surface suppress the release of mercury.

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2003. Vol. 19, no 7, 639-644 p.
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Amalgam, Surface analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Mercury, Vapor
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-17368DOI: doi:10.1016/S0109-5641(03)00007-1PubMedID: 12901989OAI: diva2:157041
Available from: 2008-03-18 Created: 2008-03-18 Last updated: 2009-10-05Bibliographically approved

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