Monthly Archives: February 2019

ACTIVA Receives 2019 Top Bioactive Product Award from The Dental Advisor

ACTIVATM BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVETM received the Top Bioactive Product Award from THE DENTAL ADVISOR for 2019. The original bioactive composite continues to impress dentist evaluators.

ACTIVA BioACTIVE responds to pH changes in the oral environment by releasing and recharging calcium, phosphate and fluoride. This unique chemistry supports the natural remineralization process and helps form a seal between the material and the tooth. Unlike traditional composites, which are generally hydrophobic and brittle, ACTIVA BioACTIVE contains a shock-absorbing rubberized resin that resists chipping and wear. Dentist evaluators found that “the esthetics were excellent at 2 years.”

“To be considered for an award, products must receive an excellent rating by THE DENTAL ADVISOR, as well as stand out from all others in the market place,” said Dr. Sabiha Bunek, The Dental Advisor’s Editor-in-Chief. ACTIVA BioACTIVE responds to pH cycles and an evaluator for THE DENTAL ADVISOR noted that “the uptake of Calcium, Phosphate and Fluoride could have a positive effect.” (The Dental Advisor Evaluator Comments, Top Product 2018).

In 2017, The Dental Advisor rated ACTIVA™ BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE™ as excellent, with 5 plus (+++++) and a 98% clinical performance rating after the second year of a long-term clinical evaluation of 194 anterior and posterior restorations. Dentist evaluators used the material for a variety of applications, including 1, 2, 3 and 4 surface restorations and core build-ups. (The Dental Advisor ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE Two-Year Clinical Performance). Click here to view the full report.

ACTIVATM BioACTIVE is an esthetic bioactive composite that imitates the physical and chemical properties of teeth. It contains no Bisphenol A, no Bis-GMA and no BPA derivatives.

Pulpdent Welcomes Clinical Education Consultant Dr. Rumpa Wig

Pulpdent Corporation is pleased to welcome Dr. Rumpa Wig in the position of Clinical Education Consultant.

Dr. Wig delivers highly sought-after lectures and conducts comprehensive workshops the world over. She has been trained at Pulpdent’s headquarters in Watertown, MA, and has worked intensively with Pulpdent materials for several years. Dr Rumpa Wig has extensive experience explaining the clinical nuances and the practical techniques involved in using Pulpdent materials to their utmost pitch of excellence.

“Dr. Wig’s enthusiasm for teaching and practicing dentistry is infectious,” says Christie Bailey, Professional Relations & International Sales Manager at Pulpdent. “People are drawn in by her caring, patient-centered approach and impressed by her technical prowess. We are delighted that she has joined Pulpdent’s global education team.”

As the Global and ASEAN-Pacific Key Opinion Leader for several leading international companies, Dr. Rumpa Wig has delivered over 600 presentations and hands-on workshops on restorative and esthetic dentistry in over a dozen countries. A passionate and devoted clinician, Dr. Rumpa Wig maintains two private practices in Bhopal, India, where she focuses on esthetic, restorative, adhesive and minimally-invasive dentistry.
Dr. Rumpa Wig holds a BDS from the Government College of Dentistry in Indore and a post-graduate certificate in esthetic dentistry from New York University. She also has a degree in classical Indian vocal music.

About Pulpdent Corporation
Pulpdent Corporation is a family-owned dental research, manufacturing company and leader in bioactive dental materials. ACTIVA BioACTIVE, developed by Pulpdent, is a bioactive restorative material that behaves much like natural teeth and stimulates the formation of apatite (the building blocks of teeth), chemically bonds to teeth and helps protect against decay. For over 70 years Pulpdent has been committed to product innovation, clinical education and patient-centered care.

Direct from the Operatory: Class II Restoration with ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE

By: Dr. Jack Griffin

The patient presented with interproximal decay between the bicuspid and molar (Figure 1) and needed Class II restorations on both teeth.

Figure 1. Shows interproximal decay between the bicuspid and molar.

Using an Isolite system to ensure proper isolation, I placed wedges before drilling. This technique creates pressure on the PDL, helping to protect the gingiva while also making it easier to place a sectional matrix. I placed a caries indicator to make decay removal more efficient by staining debris, denatured collagen, decalcification, and decay.

Figure 2. Shows placement of sectional matrix and separating ring.

Afterwards I removed the pre-operative wedges, placed a sectional matrix and a separating ring (Figure 2). A total etch with 37% phosphoric acid was done for 15 seconds, rinsed thoroughly and a universal bonding agent placed predominantly on the enamel. The restoration was bulk filled using ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE (Figure 3) and then light cured from the lingual, buccal and then occlusal sides.

Figure 3. Shows bulk filling with ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE using the convenient bendable metal cannula.

After curing, I removed the matrix materials and contoured the restoration with a round bur, light pressure, and water. The occlusion was checked and adjusted before smoothing and polishing the moist tooth with a rubber composite polishing cup. The final restoration meets the aesthetic demands of the patient while providing the ionic exchange to combat long-term restoration failure.

Figure 4. Final ACTIVA restoration.


About Dr. Jack D Griffin
Dr. Jack D Griffin is one of the most honored and awarded dentists in the country. Jack is one of a hand-full of dentists awarded by his peers Diplomat status with the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry (ABAD), accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), and Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Jack graduated dental school from Southern Illinois University, where he received student dentistry awards and then went on to complete a general dentistry residency at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, with an emphasis in advanced dental care in restorative dentistry, emergency care, implants, oral surgery, and special patient care. Dr. Griffin began his dental practice in Eureka in 1988.