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Disease Smear Layer

Name Smear Layer
Synonym Layer, Smear
Definition Adherent debris produced when cutting the enamel or dentin in cavity preparation. It is about 1 micron thick and its composition reflects the underlying dentin, although different quantities and qualities of smear layer can be produced by the various instrumentation techniques. Its function is presumed to be protective, as it lowers dentin permeability. However, it masks the underlying dentin and interferes with attempts to bond dental material to the dentin.
Categories Mouth disease
MeSH® ID D016369

Top ↑ Ancestors

DiseasesStomatognathic Diseases Has associated chemicals Has associated genes Has associated exposure references Tooth Diseases Has associated chemicals Has associated genes Has associated exposure references Dental Deposits Has associated chemicals Has associated genes Smear Layer

Top ↑ Descendants

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