Special Issue "Restorative Materials in the Digital Workflow: Innovative Trends to Join Esthetics and Biomechanics"

A special issue of Dentistry Journal (ISSN 2304-6767). This special issue belongs to the section "Dental Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Roberto Sorrentino

Department of Neurosciences, Reproductive and Odontostomatological Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, via S. Pansini, 5 - 80131 Napoli, Italy
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Interests: prosthodontics; all-ceramic materials; adhesion and cementation
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Gianrico Spagnuolo

Department of Neurosciences, Reproductive and Odontostomatological Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II", Napoli, Italy
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Interests: dental materials; dental surgery; restorative dentistry and endodontics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last decade, the development of innovative technologies has moved in parallel with a rapid evolution of restorative materials on the rails of digital dentistry, opening new horizons in the field of prosthodontics. In daily practice, the most advanced technologies, such as CAD-CAM, laser-sintering/melting and 3D-printing, have been synergistically implemented with enhanced mechanical and manufacturing properties of the new generation of dental materials: high strength ceramics, hybrid composites, technopolymers, and high precision alloys. Among these, CAD-CAM metal-free ceramics, just like high strength polycrystalline ceramics, such as zirconia, and reinforced glassy ceramics, such as lithium disilicate, offer undeniable advantages, for example, high esthetic potential, astounding optical characteristics, reliable mechanical properties, excellent consistency in terms of precision and accuracy due to the manufacturing technologies, and more convenient production timing. These improvements have dramatically widened the restorative choices in tooth- and implant-supported prosthodontics.

The editorial board of the dentistry journal would encourage high quality original research studies, clinical articles, and reviews focused on the topic of restorative materials in the digital workflow.

Prof. Dr. Roberto Sorrentino
Prof. Dr. Gianrico Spagnuolo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • All-ceramic and metal-free materials
  • Additive and subtractive manufacturing techniques (cad/cam, 3d printing, laser sintering, laser melting, stereolithography, digital light projection, jetting, etc.)
  • Digital previsualization and mock-up technologies
  • Digital facebow and articulators
  • Intraoral, laboratory, and face scanners
  • Cad/cam software in digital dentistry
  • Digital prosthodontics, surgery, and orthodontics
  • The “full digital patient”

Published Papers (3 papers)

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Three-Dimensional Assessment of Morphological Changes Following Nasoalveolar Molding Therapy in Cleft Lip and Palate Patients: A Case Report
Dent. J. 2019, 7(1), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj7010027
Received: 31 December 2018 / Revised: 25 January 2019 / Accepted: 20 February 2019 / Published: 7 March 2019
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The applications of computer-guided technologies for three-dimensional image analysis provide a unique opportunity to quantify the morphological dimensional changes of the face in a practical and convenient way. Symmetry of the nasolabial area is one of the main factors of facial attractiveness as [...] Read more.
The applications of computer-guided technologies for three-dimensional image analysis provide a unique opportunity to quantify the morphological dimensional changes of the face in a practical and convenient way. Symmetry of the nasolabial area is one of the main factors of facial attractiveness as well as being the main objective of the treatment of cleft lip and palate (CLP). Technological advances in computer-guided visualization modes and their applications to three-dimensional stereophotogrammetry provide more practical opportunities and alternatives for facial analysis. Each study, however, uses different protocols for the acquisition and analysis of three-dimensional images. In addition, each study identifies different anthropometric points and calculates linear and angular measurements with overlapping protocols. Therefore, it is appropriate to define a standardization of the three-dimensional analysis of CLP patients to compare the studies of different research centers. The aim of this report is to propose a protocol to standardize the acquisition and analysis of three-dimensional images to evaluate the three-dimensional changes in the nasolabial area in cleft lip and palate patients undergoing pre-surgical nasoalveolar molding (PNAM). Full article
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Dental Restorative Digital Workflow: Digital Smile Design from Aesthetic to Function
Dent. J. 2019, 7(2), 30; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj7020030
Received: 22 January 2019 / Revised: 11 March 2019 / Accepted: 14 March 2019 / Published: 28 March 2019
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Breakthroughs in technology have not been possible without influencing the medical sciences. Dentistry and dental materials have been fully involved in the technological and information technology evolution, so much so that they have revolutionized dental techniques. In this study, we want to create [...] Read more.
Breakthroughs in technology have not been possible without influencing the medical sciences. Dentistry and dental materials have been fully involved in the technological and information technology evolution, so much so that they have revolutionized dental techniques. In this study, we want to create the first collection of articles on the use of digital techniques and software, such as Digital Smile Design. The aim is to collect all of the results regarding the use of this software, and to highlight the fields of use. Twenty-four articles have been included in the review, and the latter describes the use of Digital Smile Design and, in particular, the field of use. The study intends to be present which dental fields use “digitization”. Progress in this field is constant, and will be of increasing interest to dentistry by proposing a speed of treatment planning and a reliability of results. The digital workflow allows for rehabilitations that are reliable both from an aesthetic and functional point of view, as demonstrated in the review. From this study, the current field of use of Digital Smile Design techniques in the various branches of medicine and dentistry have emerged, as well as information about its reliability. Full article
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Use of a Polyetheretherketone Clasp Retainer for Removable Partial Denture: A Case Report
Dent. J. 2019, 7(1), 4; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj7010004
Received: 27 November 2018 / Revised: 13 December 2018 / Accepted: 20 December 2018 / Published: 3 January 2019
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Clasp retainers made of metal alloys may be esthetically unappealing or cause allergic reactions. To investigate alternative materials, we used the nonfiller polyetheretherketone (PEEK) to fabricate the clasp retainer of a removable partial denture for the mandibular bilateral distal free-end abutment of an [...] Read more.
Clasp retainers made of metal alloys may be esthetically unappealing or cause allergic reactions. To investigate alternative materials, we used the nonfiller polyetheretherketone (PEEK) to fabricate the clasp retainer of a removable partial denture for the mandibular bilateral distal free-end abutment of an 84-year-old female. Two years later, few color and texture changes of PEEK were found macroscopically. The rest part and the clasp arm fitted well without any deformation. There were no particular occlusal or periodontal problems. Subjective satisfaction was expressed by both the practitioner and the patient. Full article
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