Shape-Memory Polymers in Dentistry: Systematic Review and Patent Landscape Report
AbstractObjective: To perform a systematic review (SR) of existing literature and a patent landscape report (PLR) regarding the potential applications of shape-memory polymers (SMPs) in dentistry. Search strategy: Clinical and Biomedical online databases (Pubmed, Medline via Embase, Scopus, LILACS, Web of Science, Cochrane Library), Materials Science and Engineering databases (IEEE Explore, Compendex, Proquest), Material Science and Chemical database (Reaxys) so as Patents databases (Questel-Orbit, Espacenet, Patentscope) were consulted as recently as January 2019 to identify all papers and patents potentially relevant to the review. The reference lists of all eligible studies were hand searched for additional published work. Results: After duplicate selection and extraction procedures, 6 relevant full-text articles from the initial 302 and 45 relevant patents from 497 were selected. A modified Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) checklist of 14 items for reporting pre-clinical in-vitro studies was used to rate the methodological quality of the selected papers. The overall quality was judged low. Conclusions: Despite the great potential and versatility of SMPs, it was not possible to draw evidence-based conclusions supporting their immediate employment in clinical dentistry. This was due to the weak design and a limited number of studies included within this review and reflects the fact that additional research is mandatory to determine whether or not the use of SMPs in dentistry could be effective. Nevertheless, the qualitative analysis of selected papers and patents indicate that SMPs are promising materials in dentistry because of their programmable physical properties. These findings suggest the importance of furtherly pursuing this line of research. View Full-Text
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Bruni, A.; Serra, F.G.; Deregibus, A.; Castroflorio, T. Shape-Memory Polymers in Dentistry: Systematic Review and Patent Landscape Report. Materials 2019, 12, 2216.
Bruni A, Serra FG, Deregibus A, Castroflorio T. Shape-Memory Polymers in Dentistry: Systematic Review and Patent Landscape Report. Materials. 2019; 12(14):2216.Chicago/Turabian Style
Bruni, Alessandro; Serra, Francesca G.; Deregibus, Andrea; Castroflorio, Tommaso. 2019. "Shape-Memory Polymers in Dentistry: Systematic Review and Patent Landscape Report." Materials 12, no. 14: 2216.
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