Metal-oxide nanoparticles for the reinforcement of dental restorative resins

Benjamin Furman, H. Ralph Rawls, Stephen Wellinghoff, Hong Dixon, James Lankford, Dan Nicolella

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Metal oxide nanoparticles were synthesized from tantalum ethoxide and zirconium isopropoxide and subsequently surface grafted with vinyl silane and silyl methacrylate coupling agents. The nanoparticles were then dispersed into a commercial dental resin, and the composite was photocured into rigid three-point bend and fracture toughness specimens. The optically transparent/translucent cured composites demonstrated strength, toughness, and elastic modulus inferior to the unfilled material. Therefore, modifications in surface functionalization are being made to improve coupling and reduce interparticle associations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-443
Number of pages5
JournalCritical Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2000


  • Colloid
  • Composite
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Radiopacity
  • Zirconia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering


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