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Bonding agents focus of ACE Panel Report

December 10, 2018

By Michelle Manchir

Image of ACE Panel ReportDentists can get insight on bonding agents from an ADA Clinical Evaluators, or ACE, Panel Report released in December.
For the report, 291 practicing U.S. dentists and ADA members shared their thoughts on the most challenging surfaces to bond, their preferred bonding products to use, common complications they see regarding bonding agents and preferred bonding techniques.

"Dentists are offered a wide selection of bonding systems and placement techniques, which can be quite overwhelming," said Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, a dentist with a Ph.D. who is a member of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs and helped develop the ACE Panel Report.

"This report gives a glimpse of what ADA members are using in their everyday practice and the challenges they find with commercially available systems."

The document also includes clinical insight gathered from literature on how to prevent post-operative sensitivity, "a common complication reported by patients following placement of dental restorations," said Dr. Bedran-Russo.
Members can view the entire ACE Panel report online at

ACE Panel Reports feature data compiled, in part, by surveys completed by ADA member dentists who have signed up to participate in short studies related to dental products, prescribing habits and other clinical topics. The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs' Product Evaluation Subcommittee, along with ADA Science Institute staff, write the reports.

The resource aims to offer ADA members a way to understand their peers' opinions on various dental products and practices, offering insight and awareness on new products and techniques that can benefit patients and the profession.

Past ACE Panel Reports focused on dental erosion, bioactive materials, posterior composite restorations and fluoride varnishes. These reports are available to view online at

ADA members are invited to join the ACE Panel and contribute to upcoming surveys, which usually take five to 10 minutes to complete and are sent no more than once a month. For more information or to join the ACE Panel, visit