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Dent Clin North Am. 2007 Apr;51(2):333-57, viii.

New developments in dental adhesion.

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Division of Operative Dentistry, Department of Restorative Sciences, University of Minnesota, 8-450 Moos Health Sciences Tower, 515 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA.


Numerous simplified adhesives have been introduced to the dental market within the last few years, sometimes without comprehensive testing to validate the performance claimed by the respective manufacturers. Mild self-etch adhesives are unable to etch enamel to provide adequate retention for bonded restorations. Although high early resin-dentin bond strength values can be achieved with some self-etch adhesives, their resistance to thermal and mechanical stresses over time is disappointing. In light of the current drawbacks attributed to all-in-one self-etch adhesives, etch-and-rinse adhesives are still the benchmark for dental adhesion in routine clinical use. This article summarizes current issues and factors related to the performance of adhesives.

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