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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2015, Article ID 408643, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/408643
Review Article

Recent Applications of Nanomaterials in Prosthodontics

1Department of Prosthodontics, School of Stomatology, China Medical University, Shenyang 110002, China
2School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798

Received 8 January 2015; Revised 30 March 2015; Accepted 30 March 2015

Academic Editor: Sang C. Lee

Copyright © 2015 Wei Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In recent years, lots of researches have been launched on nanomaterials for biomedical applications. It has been shown that the performances of many biomaterials used in prosthodontics have been significantly enhanced after their scales were reduced by nanotechnology, from micron-size into nanosize. On the other hand, many nanocomposites composed of nanomaterials and traditional metals, ceramics, resin, or other matrix materials have been widely used in prosthodontics because their properties, such as modulus elasticity, surface hardness, polymerization shrinkage, and filler loading, were significantly increased after the addition of the nanomaterials. In this paper, the latest research progress on the applications of nanometals, nanoceramic materials, nanoresin materials, and other nanomaterials in prosthodontics was reviewed, which not only gives a detailed description of the new related investigations, but also hopefully provides important elicitation for future researches in this field.