Research From the Cutting Edge
Among the most exciting aspects of adhesive dentistry is the constant evolution of knowledge. As the industry progresses from one generation of adhesive products to the next, significant research is being conducted not only by manufacturers to improve bond strengths while further simplifying the products but also by independent researchers to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of bonding and assess the techniques that are being used for their ability to improve outcomes. Much of the research considered to be "cutting edge" can be found at universities around the world, where some of the foremost experts are conducting the studies upon which future products and techniques will be based. In the interest of sharing with our readers some of the latest insights that are being gleaned from this cutting-edge research, Inside Dentistry spoke with three of the most preeminent authorities in adhesive dentistry about their recent work.
Expert: Jorge Perdigão, DMD, MS, PhD
Topic: Our Evolving Understanding
Jorge Perdigão, DMD, MS, PhD, is a professor of operative dentistry at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and has delivered more than 280 lectures internationally as well as published more than 180 scientific articles.
Expert: Matthias Kern, Prof, Dr Med Dent, Dr Habil
Topic: Resin-Bonded Zirconia Bridges
Matthias Kern, Prof, Dr Med Dent, Dr Habil, is a professor and chairman of the Department of Prosthodontics, Propaedeutics and Dental Materials at the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany, and has published more than 400 scientific articles.
Expert: Annalisa Mazzoni, DDS, PhD
Topic: Research Regarding Inhibiting MMPs
Annalisa Mazzoni, DDS, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences at the University of Bologna, Italy, and one of the foremost researchers in the field of adhesive dentistry with respect to MMPs and the hybrid layer.