Bioactive Restorative Dental Materials Hold
Great Promise in Terms of Function, Use

  • General Dentist

  • Free

  • 1 CE Credit

  • Self-Instructional

  • August 22, 2022

  • August 22, 2025

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Article Description

Much has been written in recent years about bioactive materials and their place in the dental materials landscape. Yet there is plenty to learn about these materials and the role they play in restorative dentistry. In fact, some experts don’t even believe “bioactive” is the best term to use, and one in particular suggests we describe these materials as “bio-interactive.”

Any way we slice it, these newer dental restorative materials bring with them plenty of promise. Promise to do more than what was possible of dental materials in the past. Because of this, it is important for today’s clinicians to stay on top of these materials, understand how they work and to use them, and have a strong grasp on the capabilities they bring to the table.

Learning Topics

  • Learn why the nature mimicking properties of bioactive materials make them a great option to restore teeth in patients of all ages.
  • Better understand mechanisms that allow mineral deposition at the interface between ion-releasing materials and dentine, and to describe how conventional “bioactive” restorative materials available today may benefit treatments in minimally invasive (MI) dentistry.
  • Understand the benefits of bioactive dental materials in increasing the longevity of dental restorations, as well the clinical differences between some of the traditional bases, liners, restorative materials, cements and their newer bioactive counterparts.
  • Realize that the availability of Ca++, PO4--, and Fl- ions in bioactive materials participate in the formation of apatite and marginal sealing of the tooth-restorative interface.1
  • Learn how these bioactive dental materials improve clinical outcomes in vital pulp therapy and “heroic” dental procedures.

Course Details

  • Course Fee: Free
  • Credits: Catapult Education designates this continuing education activity for 1 credit
  • Method: Self-Instructional
  • Audience: General Dentist
  • AGD Subject Code: 250

Meet the Author

John Flucke, DDS

Doctor Flucke was born and raised in Kansas City. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 1987. He has practiced in Lee's Summit since 1989 and was pleased to open his new state of the art facility in 2007.

Dr. Flucke's passion is technology and he is always looking for the latest development to benefit his patients. His knowledge on technology makes him a frequent lecturer at major dental educational events, contributing editor to dental publications, and an internationally recognized opinion leader.

Dr. Flucke enjoys spending time with his family, messing around with computers and techno stuff, and running. Check out his blog at .
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