Biomimetic Material Saves Cancer Survivor’s Smile
A nearly a half-dozen years of chemotherapy, a 78-year-old Missouri woman is smiling again thanks to an innovative dentist.
Rather than use traditional bonding and composites to fix her teeth that had been ravaged by xerostomia, Dr. Jack Griffin rebuilt the patient’s smile with crowns and a product called ACTIVA BioACTIVE-CEMENT.
Dr. Griffin fitted the patient with seven dental crowns. To help protect her teeth against further decay, he cemented the crowns with ACTIVA BioACTIVE, a dental material that is biomimetic, meaning it imitates the physical and chemical properties of teeth. ACTIVA BioACTIVE releases and recharges calcium and phosphate (the basic building blocks of teeth) as well as fluoride ions. In the process, the material becomes integrated with the tooth, forming a protective seal.
According to Dr. Griffin, materials like ACTIVA BioACTIVE offer a “promising alternative” to their traditional counterparts, adding that the material “results in excellent tissue health and long-term prognosis.”