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Materials 2010, 3(3), 1674-1691; doi:10.3390/ma3031674
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Nanotechnology in Dental Sciences: Moving towards a Finer Way of Doing Dentistry

1,,*  and 2,
1 Division of Biomaterials and Bioengineering, Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA 2 Biomaterials Research Unit, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia These authors contributed equally to this work.
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 20 December 2009 / Revised: 11 February 2010 / Accepted: 5 March 2010 / Published: 8 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dental Materials)
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Abstract

Nanotechnologies are predicted to revolutionize: (a) the control over materials properties at ultrafine scales; and (b) the sensitivity of tools and devices applied in various scientific and technological fields. In this short review, we argue that dentistry will be no exception to this trend. Here, we present a dynamic view of dental tissues, an adoption of which may lead to finer, more effective and minimally invasive reparation approaches. By doing so, we aim at providing insights into some of the breakthroughs relevant to understanding the genesis of dental tissues at the nanostructural level or generating dental materials with nanoscale critical boundaries. The lineage of the progress of dental science, including the projected path along the presumed nanotechnological direction of research and clinical application is mentioned too. We conclude by claiming that dentistry should follow the trend of probing matter at nanoscale that currently dominates both materials and biological sciences in order to improve on the research strategies and clinical techniques that have traditionally rested on mechanistic assumptions.
Keywords: dentistry; nanomaterials; nanoscience; nanotechnology dentistry; nanomaterials; nanoscience; nanotechnology
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Uskoković, V.; Bertassoni, L.E. Nanotechnology in Dental Sciences: Moving towards a Finer Way of Doing Dentistry. Materials 2010, 3, 1674-1691.

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