Biodentine. Dentine in a capsule or more?
Biodentine has been launched by Septodont as dentine in a capsule and has been suggested for use as a dentine replacement material. Biodentine is a second-generation hydraulic calcium silicate which is similar to mineral trioxide aggregate. It has specific chemistry and microstructure and contains additives to enhance the material properties when in clinical use. It is important that a clinician is able to understand the difference between the various material types and appreciate that the material composition plays a role in the material performance clinically.
The aim of this lecture is to discuss the chemistry and properties of Biodentine and whether it is more than a dentine replacement material.
- Knowledge of the material composition of Biodentine
- Knowledge of the role played by each component and how the material properties are improved
- Appreciate the interaction of the Biodentine with the human tissues
A paradigm shift. Is this necessary for root canal obturation?
The purpose of root canal obturation is to prevent infection or re-infection of the root canal space; thus allowing the root treated tooth to remain as a functional unit in the dentition. Microleakage assessment has been the best indication for many years to assess the quality of root canal obturation. A ‘hermetic’ seal was considered to be necessary for a success root canal treatment outcome. There have been several developments with regard to root canal obturation techniques and materials, introduced with the aim of achieving improved quality root fillings and a better clinical outcome. Hydraulic tricalcium silicate-based sealers have been introduced and these materials have different properties to the classical root canal sealers. The presentation will review the material properties and the obturation techniques suggested for hydraulic sealers attempting to address whether a paradigm shift is necessary for root canal obturation.
The aim of this lecture is to review root canal obturation techniques and materials with a view of highlighting their benefits and shortcomings. This will help provide a perspective on possible avenues of development in this area.
- Review root canal obturation techniques and materials.
- Explain the benefits and shortcomings of current root canal obturation techniques and materials.
- Describe possible avenues of development in root canal obturation techniques and materials.
YOUR SPEAKER: Professor Josette Camilleri
Professor Josette Camilleri studied Dental Surgery at the University of Malta, and her doctoral degree was supervised by the late Professor Tom Pitt Ford of King’s College, London, UK. Her specialization is in dental materials and the main research interest is mineral trioxide aggregate. She is the editor of “Mineral trioxide aggregate. From preparation to application” published by Springer in 2014. She has worked at the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta and at the Department of Restorative Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Surgery, University of Malta. She is currently employed at the School of Dentistry, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Josette has published over 100 papers in peer reviewed international journals and her work is cited over 4000 times. She has contributed book chapters to Harty’s Endodontics in Clinical Practice edited by Prof B.S. Chong and “Glass ionomer cements in Dentistry” by Dr Sharan Sidhu. She is an international lecturer and acts as a reviewer for a number of international journals.