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Fig. 7

From: pH-dependent delivery of chlorhexidine from PGA grafted mesoporous silica nanoparticles at resin-dentin interface

Fig. 7

a Representative SEM image showing the widely open dentinal tubules after acid-demineralization. bd Selected SEM images showing the ability of the CHX-loaded/MSN-PLGA nanoparticles (NP) delivered through the aqueous-carrier to penetrate and infiltrate inside the dentinal tubules. The nanoparticles appear to be evenly distributed, confined in dentinal tubule structure and attached to tubular wall after the air-blown and blot-drying steps. The nanoparticles are also seen to penetrate considerable depths within the dentinal tubules. e Representative SEM image showing the overall homogenous intact resin-dentine hybrid layer (HL) along with well-developed resin tags of the 50:50:50 CHX-loaded/MSN-PLGA and f 50:50 CHX-MSN nanoparticles treated dentin specimens after the application of the commercially available dentine bonding system (Scotchbond™ Universal adhesive). DT: dentinal tubules, ID: intertubular dentine, NP: nanoparticles, RT: resin tags. (gh) Representative high magnification SEM image showing the hybrid layer with widely distributed CHX-loaded/MSN-PLGA nanoparticles (white arrowheads) and exhibiting excellent bonding. Note some areas show tight agglomerations of the nanoparticles. A higher magnification area between two resin tags showing well-penetrated nanoparticles within the deep dentinal space

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