Adhesive restorative materials are tooth coloured materials that adhere to the enamel and dentin, either using the micro-mechanical retention or chemical bonding. Adhesion to tooth structure has obviated many of the disadvantages experienced with metallic materials providing better tooth-restorative margins, excellent aesthetics and ultra-conservation of tooth structure. Therefore, adhesive dentistry is considered as a vital breakthrough in restorative dentistry. If aesthetics and adhesions are their positive points, strength and wear resistance are their week points. In order to meet up to the standards of ideal bio mimetic material, exhaustive attempts are being made in rendering them as effective bioactive materials, by adding antibacterial property and remineralizing capacity. Nano technology, a revolution in science at large has played a pivotal role in overcoming the negative aspects of the adhesive restorative materials. This paper highlights few of the avenues where nanotechnology has effectively influenced the way the adhesive restorative materials perform.
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