Date of Award

6-1979

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry

Language

English

Abstract

Nuva-Seal is a bisphenol-A-glycidyl-methacrylate monomer which in its polymerized form seals a tooth to prevent carie formation. Prior to application the tooth surface is pretreated with an etching solution to increase the bond strength. The etchant solution is 50% by weight H3PO4 and 7% by weight Zn0. Previous investigations preformed at Union College have determined qualitatively that a substantial portion of enamel is removed by the acid pretreatment. In addition, an extensive literature search into the development of the etching process was performed in order to validate or repute its usefulness.

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