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Article: Volume 30 Number 6 Page 300 - July/August 2003

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  Dent Update 2003; 30: 300-306

Dental materials:  Fibre-reinforced Composites in Restorative Dentistry

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Abstract: Restorative dentistry is constantly evolving as a result of innovative treatment solutions based on new materials,treatment techniques and technologies, with composite materials being a prime example.The advent of fibre reinforcement has further increased the potential uses of composites within restorative dentistry.This paper discusses fibre types,structure and the physical properties of fibre-reinforced composites,in addition to outlining some of the potential clinical applications of this exciting group of materials,thus updating the reader on the new treatment possibilities offered by these developments.

Clinical relevance: Fibre reinforcement has expanded the clinical applications of resin composite materials.

Author notes: Chris Butterworth, BDS(Hons), MPhil, FDS(Rest. Dent.) RCS(Eng.), SpR and Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital and School, Ayman E. Ellakwa, BDS(Hons), MSc, PhD, Lecturer, School of Dentistry, Tanta University, Egypt and Adrian Shortall, DDS, BDS, FDS RCPS, FFD RCSI(Rest. Dent.), FADM, Senior Lecturer in Conservative Dentistry, Birmingham Dental School and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital.

Objective: To provide the practitioner with an understanding of the structure,properties and potential uses of fibre-reinforced composites.