Yoav Finer


George Zarb/Nobel Biocare Chair in Prosthodontics

Other Appointments

D.M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., F.R.C.D. (C)

Cross Appointments

Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), University of Toronto


Dr. Finer’s research foci are the development of restorative materials and dental implants systems with improved performance by exploring the interactions of these materials with the human body and bacteria. The intent is to develop restorative materials and techniques that will extend the service life of dental restorations and reduce complications associated with dental implants.

Research & Clinical Specialties


New Frontiers in Research Fund ‚Äď Exploration 2019

Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Restorative System for Cervical Lesions with Enhanced Biostability, Antidegradative and Antimicrobial Properties

Connaught Innovation Award, Dental Materials for Ultra-Long-Term Caries Prevention and Restoration-Tooth Bond Preservation

Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Idea to Innovation I2I

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Collaborative Health Research Program (CHRP)(NSERC partnered), Development of a high-resolution photothermal coherence tomography clinical device for detection and 3-D mapping of early dental caries

MRI_ORF, Innovative Dental Restorative System with Enhanced Biostability, Antidegradative and Antimicrobial Properties

CIHR Operating Grant, Models of Human Salivary Enzymes and Oral Biofilms to Study the Dentin-Composite Interface Breakdown

NIH Operating Grant, New Composite Material Design Based on Studies of Tooth-Composite and Microbial Interactions



Peyton-Skinner Award,Dental Materials Group, International Association of Dental Research. May 2020

Fellow, Royal College of Dentists of Canada

Member of the Scientific Advisory, the American Association of Endodontics Journal

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Dental Research 2017-2019

Canadian Dental Association, CDA Committee on Clinical and Scientific Affairs, April 2012- 2018

Select Publications

Marashdeh M., Friedman S., Levesque C., Finer Y., Esterases Affect the Physical Properties of Resin Composite and Root Canal Sealers, Dental Materials, 35(8):1065-1072, August 2019 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dental.2019.04.011

Gitalis R., Zhou L., Marashdeh M.Q., Sun C., Glogauer M., Finer, Y., Human neutrophils degrade methacrylate resin composites and tooth dentin, Acta Biomaterialia, 88:325-331, April 2019 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actbio.2019.02.033

Marashdeh M., Gitalis R., Levesque C., Finer Y., Endodontic Pathogens Possess Collagenolytic Properties that Degrade Human Dentin Collagen Matrix, International Endodontic Journal, 52:416-423, April 2019, https://doi.org/10.1111/iej.13018

Stewart C.A., Finer Y., Biostable, antidegradative and antimicrobial restorative systems based on host-biomaterials and microbial interactions, invited review, Dental Materials, 35(1): 36-52, January 2019 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dental.2018.09.013

Huang B., Sadeghinejad L., Adebayo O.A., Ma D., Xiao Y., Siqueira W.L., Cvitkovitch D.G., Finer Y., Gene Expression and Protein Synthesis of Esterase from Streptococcus mutans are affected by Biodegradation By-product from Methacrylate Resin Composites and Adhesives, Acta Biomaterialia, 81:158-168, November 2018 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actbio.2018.09.050

Huang B., Cvitkovitch D.G., Santerre J.P., Finer Y., Biodegradation of Resin-Dentin Interfaces is Dependent on the Restorative Material, Mode of Adhesion Esterase or MMP Inhibition, Dental Materials, 34(9):1253-1262, September 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dental.2018.05.008

Stewart C.A., Hong J.H., Hatton B.D., Finer Y., Responsive Antimicrobial Dental Adhesive Based on Drug-Silica Co-Assembled Particles, Acta Biomaterialia, 76:283-294, August 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actbio.2018.06.032

Huang B., Siqueira W.L., Cvitkovitch D.G., Finer Y., Esterase from a Cariogenic Bacterium Hydrolyzes Dental Resins, Acta Biomaterialia, 71:330-338, April 15 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actbio.2018.02.020