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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 3795976, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3795976
Review Article

Polymer-Ceramic Bionanocomposites for Dental Application

1Institute of Tissue Regeneration Engineering (ITREN), Dankook University, Cheonan 330-714, Republic of Korea
2Department of Nanobiomedical Science & BK21 PLUS NBM Global Research Center for Regenerative Medicine, Dankook University, Cheonan 330-714, Republic of Korea
3Department of Biomaterials Science, College of Dentistry, Dankook University, Cheonan 31116, Republic of Korea

Received 18 December 2015; Accepted 2 February 2016

Academic Editor: Carmen del Hoyo Martinez

Copyright © 2016 Jung-Hwan Lee 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

Multiphasic bionanocomposites have been highlighted in the biotechnology field since they have offered mechanical flexibility during operation. This interest has been increased mainly through polymer/ceramic/metal manipulation techniques and modifications in formulation. Recently, a number of studies on bionanocomposites have been examined due to their favorable mechanical properties and cellular activities when compared to the neat polymers or polymer blends. This paper critically reviews recent applications of bionanocomposites for regeneration of pulp-dentin complex, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone, and substitute of enamel in dentistry.