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Journal of Dental Research article focuses on evolution of esthetic dentistry

By Dental Tribune International
November 13, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va., U.S.: This year, the Journal of Dental Research (JDR) is celebrating its publishing centenary. To mark the milestone, the journal has been featuring a commemorative article series and a podcast series highlighting topics that have transformed dental, oral and craniofacial research over the past 100 years. In its latest article, titled “Evolution of aesthetic dentistry,” a historical review on the evolution of esthetic dentistry over the past 100 years takes center stage.

As reported by Dental Tribune International, the JDR published an article earlier in the year titled “Role of saliva and salivary diagnostics in the advancement of oral health,” which focused on past developments related to saliva and outlined some of the many biomarkers identified in saliva in the last few years.

In this recent article, the authors highlight advances in the development of dental research and clinical interventions that have contributed to the science and art of esthetic dentistry.

“Among the most noteworthy advancements in esthetic dentistry over the past decade are the establishment of universal esthetic rules and guidelines, the development of tooth whitening and advanced restorative and prosthetic materials, progress in orthodontics and periodontal and oral and maxillofacial surgery,” said one of the authors of the paper Dr. Gerard Chiche from the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University. Additionally, Dr. Markus B. Blatz from the University of Pennsylvania mentioned the importance of more recent developments, such as the implementation of digital technologies in the 3D planning and realization of truly natural and individual smiles.

In keeping with the podcast element of the centennial celebrations, Blatz, Chiche and Dr. Jack Ferracane, a past President of the American Association for Dental Research, discuss a paper titled “JDR historical highlights #12,” by JDR Associate Editor Dr. Nicholas Jakubovics. Under the same title as the most recent paper, the podcast panel focuses specifically on the cause of mottled enamel.

More information on the JDR centennial can be found at

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