CE programme

Can biointeractive materials fulfill our expectations?


Online, Global



Prof. Dr. Falk Schwendicke, Prof. Dr. Sebnem Türkün, Prof. Dr. Matteo Basso, Prof. Dr. Sevil Gürgan

The webinar will include 4 different topics and each will be presented by distinguished lecturers who are specialized in MI Dentistry • Overview of the biointeractive materials • Minamata convention/GIC essential medicine • 4 years performance of glass hybrids in multi-centered RCT • Results of clinical trials of glass-hybrid

Minimally invasive restorative dentistry has nowadays a clear place in daily primary care dental practice, with practitioners and patients being aware of its importance and benefits. Minimal invasive restorative techniques include selective caries removal, adhesive biomaterials with bio-active/interactive properties and biomimetic restorations. Advances in adhesive dentistry, including newly developed bio-active/interactive materials are now expected to induce repair of the residual affected demineralised dentine, resulting in a significant impact on restoration longevity and its clinical performance. In this presentation, an overview of bio-active/interactive materials will be addressed.

With the end of the amalgam era, alternatives come into focus, among them glass ionomers. The webinar will briefly present an overview about amalgam materials and then discuss why glass ionomers are increasingly seen as “essential”.

Over the last years, restorative dentistry has gone through remarkable changes. Focus has become on minimal removal of tooth tissue and on application of adhesive restorative materials that perform therapeutic actions on demineralized dentin. Marked changes in the use of restorative materials have also occurred during the last years and biomaterials designed for treatment of carious lesions have been introduced into clinical use. Today, composite resins are regarded as the first-choice restorative materials for the restoration of posterior teeth because of the face down of amalgam in many countries. The long term clinically and micro morphologically examined performance of composite resin restorations in posterior teeth revealed the advantages and disadvantages of these tooth-colored restorative materials.

On the other hand, Glass Ionomers have also become considered as permanent restorative material for the restoration of posterior teeth in daily dental practice. They are esthetically more attractive than metallic restorations and less expensive than composite resins. Glass hybrids materials represent a valid alternative for long term restorations. Their chemical technology improved mechanical properties of glassionomer cements, allowing them to be considered as a valid alternative to resin composites for various applications. Results of the clinical trials aimed to establish whether a glass-hybrid restorative system has clinical outcomes comparable to resin composites in our daily practices.

Learning objectives:

  • To underline the importance of bioactive materials definition in regards to the MI approach
  • To overview the material choices in restorative dentistry
  • To review the clinical performance of glass-ionomer derivatives in restorative dentistry