Case Western Reserve University
Metal-ceramic restoration has remained the benchmark of prosthetic restoration for many decades, especially in high-stress occlusion surface of clinical situations. Current trends in dental research and material development have shown a preference for all-ceramic restorations, which is the most esthetic full-veneer restoration dentistry has to offer. As the demand for more natural-looking restorations increases, dentists and dental researchers have developed a variety of investigational methods (e.g. shear bonding assays) to explore new type of ceramics and new materials including high-strength dental resins.
Due to rapid technological developments in digital impression and recent advances in CAD/CAM technologies, these new approaches have the potential to increase our understanding of dental material science, including not only changes in the pace of fabrication of provisional restorations, but our assessments of repair/relining material and our work flow for fixed partial dentures. With all these new opportunities and challenges, dental research methods have been improved over time, but is still not completely standardized, and variations are currently in widespread use.
This special issue invites contributions which explore the different properties of dental materials, review the principle of the assays currently used in their labs and key steps in the tests, and share insights on the potential how these methodologies heralds a bright future for the dental research and work in related medical fields. The special issue will focus on new areas of dental material research, including manufacturing high strength dental ceramics and resins, optimizing their chemical composition and modifying their microstructure.