ACTIVA BioACTIVE-CEMENT received the top rating from REALITY in the “Resin Cements – Dual-Cured Only – Self-Adhesive” category.
Some traditional, non-bioactive dental cements can wash away over time, leaving teeth vulnerable to acid attack and additional decay. The result can be painful and costly for patients, who find themselves needing replacement crowns or, if the decay is extensive, a root canal treatment or even a dental implant.
Bioactive cements offer a better solution for the patient:
- Bioactive dental cements help protect teeth from acid attack caused by dietary sugars. ACTIVA BioACTIVE-CEMENT responds to pH changes in the oral environment through a release and recharge of calcium, phosphate and fluoride.
- This unique chemistry supports the natural remineralization process with the release of calcium, phosphate and fluoride and helps form a seal between the material and the tooth.
- This protective seal helps prevent new cavities from forming under dental crowns and bridges.
According to the REALITY review, dentist evaluators were generally pleased with the consistency and handling of ACTIVA BioACTIVE-CEMENT. Evaluators found that the cement “cleans up nicely” and used the bioactive dental cement for both single and multi-unit restorations. REALITY reported “virtually no dislodgements and post-cementation sensitivity.” One evaluator used ACTIVA BioACTIVE-CEMENT to salvage failing crowns for medically compromised patients.
ACTIVA™ BioACTIVE-CEMENT is an esthetic bioactive dental cement that imitates the physical and chemical properties of teeth. It contains no Bisphenol A, no Bis-GMA and no BPA derivatives.
By Karen Comisi CDA, RDA, FADAA
It is an exciting time to be in the field of restorative dentistry. Instead of just filling holes we now have the opportunity to replace missing tooth structure with bioactive materials which can help repair teeth and reduce sensitivity while also cutting down on chair time and overhead. One such material, ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE, was a game changer in our practice, and it can be for yours too.
When introducing a new technology to your practice it is important to get buy in from your team members. The staff needs to understand why a product like ACTIVA should be added to the clinical armamentarium. Here are four steps to help make the case for bioactive materials in your practice:
- Start with education. A great way to get the team on board is to attend a continuing education course together. When a team has the opportunity to learn together they are able to ask the necessary questions so each person understands the material and the process for placement. If you can’t attend a course together, an online webinar or “Lunch and Learn” with a company representative is an excellent way to achieve the same goal.
- Review the patient benefits. Bioactive materials are quite different than traditional composite restorations, and there are many benefits for your patients. ACTIVA BioACTIVE has a rubberized-resin component, so patients are less likely to experience chipped and worn-out fillings. ACTIVA also contains calcium, fluoride and phosphate to help stimulate apatite formation,1 creating a seal against microleakage, a major cause of sensitivity and restoration failure
- Discuss the clinical benefits. Activa is an injectable material with a delivery system that allows you to back fill your preparation and avoid air bubbles. The material is quite versatile and can be used for multiple kinds of restorations, simplifying protocols (and reducing inventory).
- Consider the business benefits. The ability to bulk fill this material allows you to create a stronger, more fracture resistant restoration in less time than a traditional layered composite restoration.2 This reduction in chair time will allow your team to schedule more production in your day.
Incorporating new products and technologies into your practice takes time, but I’m sure you will find, as we did, that it is well worth the process.
About Karen L Comisi, RDA, CDA, FAADA
Over the past 33 years, Karen Comisi has held almost every staff position in the dental office, with the exception of dentist and dental hygienist. She has been an orthodontic dental assistant, oral surgeon dental assistant, general dentist assistant, front desk and insurance coordinator, office manager, CFO, Co-Founder of Dental Care with a Difference, PC and currently Co-Founder and CFO of Sleep Focused Solutions, Inc. She is one of the first licensed, registered dental assistants in New York State and is a founding member and Treasurer of the Southern Tier Dental Assistants Society. Karen is a DANB Certified Dental Assistant, a member of the American Dental Assistants Association, the American Association of Dental Office Managers, the Office for Safety & Asepsis Procedures (OSAP), and The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH).