A new 4-methacryloxyethyl trimellitic acid anhydride, or 4-META, material is a high-performance monomer that interacts with the tooth substrate, creating excellent adhesive bonds to dentin and enamel. The material’s primary function in the system is to wet the tooth surface through covalent or micromechanical hydrogen bonding. In industrial applications, 4-META has been shown to be a key component in polymer/metal graft bonding systems.

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