SummaryThe thermal properties of dental materials are important in certain aspects of tooth repair and the restoration of dental function. This is especially true for polymeric dental materials, for which low thermal conductivity is often considered an important asset. This paper contains a report on the surprisingly large effect that pressure (well with in the range encountered on the biting surfaces of teeth) can have on heat transfer in polymers that are widely used in dentistry. A sandwich type pressure-c…
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