There’s no doubt that one of the earliest bioactive materials used in dentistry was glass ionomer, well known for its release of fluoride. Doxa has taken the glass ionomer concept to the next level with its 100% resin-free, tissue-friendly, bioactive Ceramir Restore QuikCap. This new restorative provides a continuous release of both fluoride and calcium, and incorporates glass ionomer and bioceramic technologies to create both a chemical and mechanical seal with lower acid solubility and better chemical integration with the tooth structure.
We know that glass ionomers bond well to tooth structure, thereby inducing apatite formation (i.e., fluoride-substituted hydroxyapatite). Furthermore, this material releases hydroxyl ions that neutralize harmful acids and create a low alkaline pH and, therefore, much less acid erosion and very low postoperative sensitivity. The calcium release is beneficial in helping to rebuild surrounding dentin and enamel. Ceramir Restore is indicated for non-load-bearing class I and II restorations; class V restorations; core buildups; temporary fillings; and dentin replacement. It’s an ideal material for use with pediatric and geriatric populations. Dry-polishing this material will bring up a nice luster. You will need a triturator and a QuikCap applicator for direct application, but it’s well worth the effort.
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Editor's note: This article appeared in the October 2021 print edition of Dental Economics.
Howard Glazer, DDS, FAGD, is a columnist for Dental Economics. He is a key opinion leader in dental products and maintains a general practice in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Dr. Glazer is a fellow and past president of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). He lectures frequently on the subjects of dental materials, cosmetic dentistry, forensic dentistry, and patient management.