Bond strength of double-sided adhesive tapes used for facial prostheses.

  • Gregory L Polyzois
  • Published 1994 in Special care in dentistry : official publication of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, and the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry


This study evaluated the tensile bond strengths of five silicone facial elastomers to human skin by use of five different double-sided adhesive tapes. Discs of silicone elastomers were fixed in circular metal holders and glued to the inner aspect of a forearm with the various adhesive tapes. The specimens were pulled off 20 seconds after fixation by means of a universal testing machine at a cross-head speed of 1 mm/min. Eight specimens of each silicone/tape combination were tested. Significant differences were observed among the various silicone/tape combinations. MDX4-4210 and Cosmesil facial elastomers had the strongest bond to skin with the majority of adhesive tapes, whereas Silskin II, Cosmesil HC2, and RS 330T-RTV were the weakest. After the bond failure, tapes remained adhered to the skin and not to the silicone specimens.


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