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ACE Panel report focuses on bioactive materials

June 18, 2018

By Michelle Manchir

Bioactive Materials
Dentists can get insight on the use of bioactive materials from an ADA Clinical Evaluators Panel Report released in June.

“Bioactive dental restorative materials have received increased attention in recent years,” said Dr. Steven R. Jefferies, chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs’ product evaluation subcommittee. “Focus on this topic has evoked many questions and observations from clinicians regarding materials and products in this category, as well as their reflections on the clinical significance of bioactivity in restorative dentistry.”

For the report, 318 practicing U.S. dentists and ADA members shared how they define a bioactive material, concerns regarding the materials, their most commonly used bioactive products how often they use bioactive materials (including cements, liners and restoratives).

The document also includes clinical insight gathered from literature on defining a bioactive material.

“This report provides some evidence-based clarity on this topic, insights on current products and their various indications for use, as well as information about how clinicians view important aspects and characteristics of bioactive dental materials,” said Dr. Jefferies.

View the entire ACE Panel report on this page, or view it 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 monthly studies related to dental products and prescribing habits. 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.

A previous ACE Panel Report, released in March, asked ACE Panel members how often they place posterior composite restorations, their concerns regarding bulk fill product and their preferred restoration products. It is available to view online at

ADA members are encouraged to join the ACE Panel and contribute to forthcoming surveys, which 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