Unlocking the Power of Bioactive Materials in Restorative Dentistry

Feb 6, 2024

In the realm of modern dentistry, the quest for materials that not only restore but actively promote oral health has led to a revolutionary breakthrough: bioactive materials. These innovative substances represent a paradigm shift, transforming traditional restorative procedures into opportunities for proactive dental care. As we delve into the realm of bioactive materials used in restorations, we uncover a world where dental treatments not only repair but also rejuvenate, offering patients a path to lasting oral health and vitality.

Join us on a journey to explore the science, benefits, and clinical applications of bioactive materials, as we unlock their transformative potential in restorative dentistry.

WATCH: Bioactive Dental Materials

In a one-hour video, Dr. Robert Lowe explores the transformative potential of bioactive dental materials in restorative dentistry. He discusses how these materials contribute calcium and phosphate ions, aiding in the natural processes of rebuilding healthy apatite. This represents a new paradigm in restorative dentistry, offering exciting possibilities for enhancing dental treatments.

READ: Clinical Study on Natural Layering Concept

A new shading concept based on natural tooth color applied to direct composite restorations by Didier Dietschi, DMD, PhD, Stefano Ardu, DMD, Ivo Krejci, DMD

Excerpts from the clinical study:

Influence of the natural layering concept on shade recording:
The quality of the final restoration, of course, depends on a correct shade recording. According to the natural layering concept, only 3 steps are involved: (1) selection of dentin chroma in the cervical area, where enamel is the thinnest, using samples of the composite material, (2)selection of enamel tint and translucency, by simple visual observation, and (3) preparation of a simplified chromatic map(visually or through an intraoral photograph) to decide whether the application of effect materials is needed.


The natural layering concept has enabled this objective to be achieved in a predictable way by incorporating newly acquired knowledge about natural tissue optical properties into contemporary composite systems. This advance can be regarded as a milestone in operative dentistry, as it will give direct composite application a tremendous advantage, enabling a larger number of patients to receive more conservative and esthetic restorations.

READ: Article on the Promise of Bioactive Restorative Dental Materials

Bioactive Restorative Dental Materials Hold Great Promise in Terms of Function, Use by John Fluke, DDS

Excerpt from the article:

Bioactive materials have been a part of dentistry for several years, but what makes these materials markedly different from traditional dental materials? With bioactive materials, direct dental restorations can interact with the oral environment and encourage activity that can be beneficial to both the lifespan of the restoration, but also to the health of the restored tooth and surrounding dentition. Understanding what bioactive dental materials are, how they work, and where and when they are best used is an important part of deciding on the best restorative material for a case.

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