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Novel Compound Found in Mussels Helps Increase the Durability of Dental Fillings

January 24, 2022
by The University of Hong Kong


Leading researchers from the Faculty of Dentistry, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), Wuhan University (WHU), and the Peking University Shenzhen Hospital have found that a compound found in mussels helps increase the durability of a dental filling.

In a journal article published inMaterials Today Biotitled ‘Enhancing resin-dentin bond durability using a novel mussel-inspired monomer’, they explain why this is a promising clinical finding for the future of dental filling treatments.

A dental filling is commonly used to restore tooth decay and broken teeth. Its durability highly depends on the longevity and stability of the bond between the compound (resin) and the hard tissue of the tooth (dentin). Here is where mussels play a role.

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