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Dent Clin North Am. 2011 Jul;55(3):619-25, x. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2011.02.015. Epub 2011 Apr 13.

Advances in dental materials.

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Department of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry, University of California San Francisco, Box 0758, 707 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143-0758, USA.


The use of materials to rehabilitate tooth structures is constantly changing. Over the past decade, newer material processing techniques and technologies have significantly improved the dependability and predictability of dental material for clinicians. The greatest obstacle, however, is in choosing the right combination for continued success. Finding predictable approaches for successful restorative procedures has been the goal of clinical and material scientists. This article provides a broad perspective on the advances made in various classes of dental restorative materials in terms of their functionality with respect to pit and fissure sealants, glass ionomers, and dental composites.

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