Specimens for the determination of adhesive bond strength to dentine were prepared using suitable surfaces of freshly extracted teeth from 15 patients who were having immediate dentures fitted. As soon as possible after extraction, shallow cavities were cut into the dentine to a depth of 1 mm using a high-speed round bur (diameter 4.2 mm) under water coolant. The cavities were restored using dentine bonding agents and single increments of light activated composite resin. The restored teeth were cut down to approximately 5 mm in diameter and 3 mm thick and were either placed in previously prepared sites in the buccal or occlusal surfaces of their respective dentures or in containers of tap water. Patients were instructed to remove their dentures only for cleaning with a soft nylon brush and toilet soap, while the laboratory specimens were stored at ambient temperature. After one week, the tensile force needed to dislodge each restoration from its cavity was determined using a universal testing machine. Previously reported laboratory methods for bond strength determination have usually employed a flat dentine surface. However, this study more closely resembled the clinical situation in that the smear layer was produced by a rotary cutting instrument, and the effects of polymerization shrinkage when curing the composite resin were simulated. Furthermore, it was easier to confine the bonding agent to the desired dentine surface.