An Overview of Dental Adhesive Systems and the Dynamic Tooth-Adhesive Interface

Dent Clin North Am. 2017 Oct;61(4):713-731. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2017.06.001.


From the conception of resin-enamel adhesion to today's contemporary dental adhesive systems, clinicians are no longer afraid of exploring the many advantages brought by adhesive restorative concepts. To maximize the performance of adhesive-based restorative procedures, practitioners must be familiar with the mechanism of adhesion, clinical indications, proper handling, the inherent limitations of the materials and the biological challenges. This review provides an overview of the current status of restorative dental adhesives, their mechanism of adhesion, mechanisms of degradation of dental adhesive interfaces, how to maximize performance, and future trends in adhesive dentistry.

Keywords: Biodegradation; Bond strength; Dental adhesives; Dentin; Enamel; Technology.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biofilms
  • Dental Bonding / methods*
  • Dental Cements / therapeutic use*
  • Dentin / metabolism
  • Dentin-Bonding Agents / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Surface Properties


  • Dental Cements
  • Dentin-Bonding Agents