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Younger patients benefit from bioactive dental fillings, dentists find

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Fri. 16. March 2018


BOSTON, U.S.: The results of the use of ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE, the bioactive dental filling material developed by Pulpdent, have been published in a recent peer-reviewed white paper. The article provides recommendations on the use of the material and summarizes clinical observations of 2,703 dental fillings in children and teenagers over a 46-month period.

The white paper outlines protocols for the use of ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE as a filling material in primary and permanent dentition and recommends best practices based on the authors’ experience. These guidelines are followed by four pages of clinical images, including before and after photographs of 12 patients, ranging in age from 8 to 17 years. The images represent a broad range of applications for ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE, from rebuilding broken anterior teeth to filling cavities in molars.

After nearly four years, the results of the 2,703 ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE dental fillings are promising, with no reports of postoperative sensitivity from patients or their families. Furthermore, the authors observed that the fillings had a conspicuous absence of marginal stain, unlike some composites, where staining can occur at the interface of the filling and the tooth.

The authors have found that ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE overcomes the deficiencies of resin-modified glass ionomer cements, which can erode and wear down over time. Both the authors’ clinical experience and research indicate that ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE resists fracture and wear, meaning that fillings of this material are less likely to chip and break off.

The white paper, titled “ACTIVA™ BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE™ material in children and teens: Examples and 46-month observations,” was published online in Inside Dentistry through the AEGIS Dental Network. It was written by Drs. Theodore Croll, affiliate professor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in the U.S., and Nathaniel Lawson, assistant professor and Division Director of Biomaterials at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in the U.S.

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