Self-Healing Materials - Future perspectives of dental care

  • What will be role of material science in the future perspectives of  dental materials/dentistry technology?
  • How self-healing materials will bring changes medicine and dentistry technology?
  • Can future self-healing material science will be able to replace current antimicrobial cleansing?

Dental Care
Dentisterie cosmtique
self-healing materials
Self-healing functional materials
Materials Science
Materials Development
Dental Materials
Materials Research
Samares B
35 months ago

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  • Most widely used materials for dental restoration are amalgams composed of silver and mercury. [1] These amalgams are strong and long lasting, however there have been increasing concerns about their toxicity. In US dental amalgams are now classified as Class II medical device although FDA maintains that they are safe to use. [2] European Union, however, has discouraged the use of dental amalgams in children and pregnant women as a first choice. [3] Composite resins, compomers, and giomers are increasing in popularity not only due to their relatively non-toxic nature but also because they can be modified to possess antibacterial properties. However these alternative materials are less robust compared amalgams [3,4].

  • Material science research of versatile, durable, non-toxic and with active ingredient materials is of increasing interest [3]. Material science also has challenge of making the restoration materials with qualities that are pleasing to the aesthetics. [5]

  • Materials with auto repair properties capable of fracture resistant and fracture self-healing are attractive for dental restoration as they can be durable. Durability of any dental restoration will certainly improve the quality of patients life. [5, 6, 7]

  • There are several scientific articles reporting composite materials with antimicrobial properties. For instance, the use of non-leaching antibacterial composite material based on polymerization of methacryloyloxydodecylpyridinium bromide (MDPB). [8] Zhang et al have reported composite materials with mesoporous silica nanoparticles for slow release of antibaterial molecule chlorhexidine. [9] However, at present it cannot be concluded that these new materials can completely eliminate the need for antibacterial wash. Development of better composites with improved properties are of both scientific as well as commercial interest.


[1] Future Use of Materials for Dental Restoration. Report of the meeting convened at WHO HQ, Geneva, Switzerland 16th to 17th November 2009. ISBN 978924500647.
[2] Appendix I : Summary of Changes to the Classification of Dental Amalgam and Mercury. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).
[3] The safety of dental amalgam and alternative dental restoration materials for patients and users. Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR),  Health and Food Safety, European Commission. 10th plenary meeting, 29 April 2015.
[4] Tarasingh et al. Comparative Evaluation of Antimicrobial Efficacy of Resin-Modified Glass Ionomers, Compomers and Giomers – An Invitro Study. J. Clin. Diagn. Res. 2015, 9 (7), ZC85–ZC87.
[5] Badami et al. Biosmart Materials: Breaking New Ground in Dentistry. The Scientific World Journal 2014, 2014, Article ID 986912.
[6] Huyang, et al. Design and development of self-healing dental composites. Mater Des. 2016, 94, 295–302.
[7] Wertzberger, et al. Physical characterization of a self-healing dental restorative material. J. App. Polymer 2010, 118 (1), 428-434.
[8] Imizato et al. Antibacterial resin monomers based on quaternary ammonium and their benefits in restorative dentistry. Japanese Dental Science Review 2012, 48 (2) ,115-125.
[9] Zhang et al. Antibacterial Dental Composites with Chlorhexidine and Mesoporous Silica. J. Dent. Res. 2014, 93 (12), 1283-1289.

Arjun Sharmah
35 months ago
Thank you Dr. Arjun! - Samares 35 months ago

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