evidence-based dentistry to be passed on to the next generation of dentists. Adverse reaction—Any unintended, unexpected, and harmful response of an individual to a dental treatment or biomaterial. Since no dental biomaterial is absolutely free from the potential risk of. One of the common descriptors used is the dose corresponding to a 10% increase in an adverse effect relative to the control response. The biocompatibility of a device depends on several factors, including: the chemical and physical nature of its component materials However, this scenario raises a most important question: How much evidence is sufficient to demonstrate that a product is sufficiently safe for general clinical use? Because dental materials can affect the well-being of patients or dental auxiliaries, the practitioner assumes a legal risk when using these materials. However, there is considerable uncertainty about which types of exposures lead to the, Tests for the safety of restorative dental materials must ensure that a candidate material is nontoxic and unlikely to cause adverse immunological effects. The dental restorative materials described in this textbook are a special subgroup of what are more generally known as biomaterials. Elemental mercury and mercury vapor have a half-life of 1 to 3 months. Histologically, the inflammatory response is characterized by edema of the tissue caused initially by an infiltration of inflammatory cells such as neutrophils and, later in the chronic stage, to the action of monocytes and lymphocytic cells. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window), This chapter describes the conceptual aspects of, There are many types of tests for biocompatibility. This chapter is not intended to offer a course on biocompatibility test methods or theory. Very few implant materials or implant coatings promote osseointegration. Acute toxicity—Adverse response to a substance that causes ill effects relatively soon after a single exposure or after multiple exposures over a relatively short time (usually less than 2 weeks). Class I: Low risk—General Controls [generally exempt from 510(k)], 2. However, in 2005, the ADA decided to phase out the Seal of Acceptance program for professional products. However, by observing the signs of the effect or the absence of the signs in other locations and by the process of elimination, some reasonably logical inferences may be drawn. There have been reports of a growing incidence of contact sensitivity to a variety of substances, including dental materials, in children. Many of these treatments reflected situations in which the risks were far greater than the anticipated benefits. Most scientists agree today that no material is truly inert in the body. For materials, models have been developed to analyze the uptake, distribution, biotransformation, and excretion of metal ions or metal complexes in the body. The transformative ability of mercury can be either helpful or harmful. Other studies for neurological symptoms in children populations occupationally exposed have shown no effects (Bellinger et al., 2006, 2007; DeRouen et al., 2002, 2006). How can microleakage influence the biological response to a material? These examples are not associated with allergic reactions to mercury or any other metallic elements in the amalgam fillings. Thus, the biocompatibility of the material is controlled by the degradation process. the allergist for tests of other dental substances that are of potential significance in each case (Gawkrodger, 2005; Amendments (MDA) to the FFDCA included regulation of medical devices, including dental devices, for the first time. Our understanding of the differences between toxicity, inflammation, allergy, and mutagenicity has become clearer as we learn more about the interactions between biomaterials and cells. Registration of establishment and listing of devices to be marketed, Labeling and prohibition against misbranding and adulteration, Manufacturing in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Premarket notification [510(k) requirements (if necessary)], Performance standards (national or international consensus standards recognized by rule making). Schematic illustration of pathways that leached ions or substances may follow during in vivo degradation of a dental restoration (R) into the oral cavity (OC), dentin (D), the pulp chamber and the pulp tissue (P), the periodontium (PD), and periapical tissue and bone (PA). as atoms in the vapor form. Numerous tests for the body burden of mercury have been developed, including those based on the analysis of blood, urine, and hair. Two key-words “dental amalgam” and “toxicity” were used to search publications on dental amalgam biocompatibility published in peer-reviewed journals written in English. In certain cases, allergy tests may have to be performed by an allergist or dermatologist (if appropriate) to assist in the diagnostic process. This chapter discusses the relevant terminology, types of biological responses that materials may cause, types of tests used to characterize biocompatibility, and anatomical aspects of the oral cavity that influence biological responses to materials. Although not common, patients can suffer severe or even fatal allergic reactions to these materials. Three major factors are linked to the success of dental materials: (1) material properties, (2) the design of the dental device, and (3) the biocompatibility of component materials. Lowest-observed-adverse-effect level (LOAEL)—The lowest tested dose of a substance that has been reported to cause harmful (adverse) health effects in people or animals (U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry). Thjere are three different levels of biocompatibility to consider: general, immunological, and bio-energetic. One cannot define the biocompatibility of a material without defining the location and function of the material. These reactions occur quickly and are modulated by antibody-producing eosinophils, mast cells, or B lymphocytes. Mercury leaves the body by excretion through urine and feces. However, in spite of its complexity, biocompatibility testing of dental materials is the only means currently available to try to assure the safety of the patient and dental team. INTRODUCTION 3 Biocompatibility refers to the study of interaction of various materials with human tissues. It has the same technological characteristics (includes chemistry, materials, design specifications, mechanical, or biological properties, etc. This much smaller gap has been claimed to allow nanoleakage, which probably does not allow bacteria or bacterial products to penetrate the marginal gaps of the restoration and the pulp. An evaluation of biocompatibility is one part of the overall safety assessment of a device. Figure 7-13 shows a plot of cellular glutathione from monocytes that were exposed to mercury or palladium ions in a cell culture. Methyl mercury is absorbed mainly from the diet, particularly from fish (especially shark, swordfish, and tuna), which contribute a significant portion. For air in the workplace, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has set a permissible exposure limit (PEL) for mercury vapor in air of 0.1 mg/m, Several studies have shown that amalgams release sufficient vapor to cause absorption of between 1 and 3 µg/day of mercury, depending on the number and size of amalgam restorations present (, Concerns about mercury stem from its toxicity and its relatively long half-life in the body. “Biocompatibility of Dental Implants: Literature Review”.EC Dental Science 20.1 (2021): 113-119. Mercury is not regulated under the Clean Air Act (U.S. Code, Title 42, Chapter 85, signed by President Richard Nixon on December 31, 1970). The frequency of litigation as a result of biomaterials causing harm to patients is unclear but is probably low. In a manner similar to local effects, systemic effects from dental materials are also a function of the distribution of substances released from dental materials. These cellular alterations can occur initially because of the toxic effect of a leached substance. This transitional cooling process creates a composition gradient, which may lead to dissolution or corrosion behavior that is quite unpredictable. Biomaterials. Exposure by deposition and possibly by local uptake occurs when any one of the four types of epithelial surfaces—oral tissue, gastrointestinal tract tissue, respiratory tract tissue, and skin—makes contact with one of these metal forms. Ironically, not only do gloves not protect against contact with some of these materials (which are capable of moving through gloves), but the gloves themselves are a source of the problem. It is the practitioner’s problem to decide whether this evidence has merit and to assess the risks of these issues in his or her own practice. The arrows in this figure indicate the pathways that foreign substances from a restorative material, if present, take into the oral environment, the tissue space next to the periodontium (PD), the pulp chamber (P), or the periapical region (PA). Sjogren et al investigated the Cytotoxicity of Dental Alloys, Metals, and Ceramics Assessed by Millipore Filter, Agar Overlay, and MTT Tests as follows: Statement of problem: Biocompatibility of dental materials is dependent on the release of elements from the materials. No effects of mercury have been noted. The issue of bisphenol A in dentistry is covered more extensively at the end of this chapter. When a material is placed into living tissue, interactions with the complex biological systems around it will occur, and those interactions will result in some sort of biological response. As shown in Figure 7-15, incomplete bonding or resin penetration into the collagen mesh of acid-etched dentin can lead to fluid ingress along gaps wider than 1 µm, which is referred to as microleakage. The Biocompatibility test for Dental Materials is to determine how great of an immune reaction a patient will have to a dental material. For example, a strain of bacteria may be used to assess the ability of a material to cause mutations (the so-called Ames test) or a strai/>, Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window). This level translates to about 30 µg of mercury per gram of creatinine clearance in the urine. 1. adverse reactions reported to all classes of dental materials 2. hypersensitivity, contact sensitivity, and estrogenicity The MDA of 1976 required that FDA classify all medical devices into one of three classes, according to risk, Class I, Class II, and Class III. Since 2001 the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of UNEP has discussed the need to protect human health and the environment from the releases of mercury and its compounds. The toxicity of mercury is well known; the symptoms depend somewhat on the form. Methyl mercury is not produced from amalgams but is generally a product of bacteria or other biological systems acting on metallic mercury. Materials used in dentistry come into direct contact with the hard tissues of the teeth,theoralmucosa,thepulp&theperiapicaltissues. Glutathione is important in maintaining oxidative stress in cells, and any change in its concentration can alter cell function. As cell-culture techniques evolve, research will continue to focus on mechanisms that control the biological responses to materials. The occurrence of xenoestrogens in the environment has been a concern for many years. Clinical tests in some countries are mandatory for materials that are considered to be of high risk. Which five adverse reactions are not types of allergic reactions? The primary risk for the dental team in orthodontics appears to be contact with latex-based and resin-based materials. Chapter 15 deals with these issues in depth. The primary purpose of biocompatibility tests is to protect dental patients who will be treated with the materials and the office staff and lab technicians who will be handling these materials. One cannot define the biocompatibility of a material without defining the location and function of the material. There are extremely sensitive methods for detecting mercury in parts per trillion; these methods have made it possible to analyze the sources of mercury exposure for humans. The biocompatibility of a dental material is mainly determined by its release of substances through _____ & _____. Another factor that increases the potential for the release of potential allergens, mutagens, or toxins is the surface roughness of a restoration or prosthesis. These are classified as Type I, II, or III reactions, according to the Gell and Coombs classification of immune responses (Gell and Coombs, 1963; Rajan, 2003). Toxic dose low (TDLo)—The lowest dose of a substance introduced by any route except inhalation over any given period that has been reported to produce any toxic effect in humans or carcinogenic, neoplastigenic, or teratogenic effects in animals or humans (U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health). Yet the much harder cobalt-chromium alloy will do well in this orthopedic application. When a material is placed in, or in contact with, the human body, it is generally referred to as a biomaterial. Xenoestrogen—A chemical that is not indigenous to the body but which acts in a manner similar to that of estrogen. CONTENTS Definition Defining the use of a material Historical background Methods of measuring biocompatibilty Biocompatibilty of dental materials Conclusion Referencs 4. Unfortunately, assessment of the bio-compatibility of a material is a complicated matter that involves several sophisticated types of biological tests, tests of physical properties such as corrosion, and risk-benefit analysis. Other studies have measured renal function in patients in whom all of the amalgam was removed at the same time (the worst possible case). The environment–metal interface creates the conditions for corrosion. A brief listing of FDA device classifications and applicant requirements are summarized below. Specific tests such as urinary mercury concentration can help clinicians complement their differential diagnoses. The hydrodynamic theory of pulp pain is related to the movement of dentinal fluid and its influence on the odontoblastic processes. Secondary tests assess more advanced properties such as allergenicity. Consider an example with dental and orthopedic implants. Although amalgams do not release anywhere near toxic levels of mercury, the long half-life of mercury in the body raises concerns among some individuals. the body burden of mercury have been developed, including those based on the analysis of blood, urine, and hair. The types and locations of patient tissues that will be exposed to the device, 5. Each of these tests is described in detail in the following paragraphs. Some materials, such as latex, can cause allergy directly by activating antibodies to the material. Finally, the best materials of the initial group are subjected to clinically relevant usage tests prior to decisions on whether or not they will be used for clinical trials in humans. The general process of biointegration involves the adaptation of bone or other tissue to the implanted material without any intervening space along the tissue-material interface (see Chapter 20). What are the Effects of the Released Components of Resins? However, no patch test was performed to confirm this response. This is designated by ED10. Each biomaterial can degrade and release components under certain environmental and physical conditions. Biomaterials. The fear is that the release of these substances might alter normal cellular development or cell maintenance if BPA has estrogenic effects, even at the impurity levels that may be encountered in practice. The following paragraphs describe the advantages and disadvantages of each type of biological test, so that the practitioner will have a foundation for understanding the issues that often surround the biocompatibility of materials (Table 14.1). Since ancient times, a wide variety of relatively inert materials have been placed or implanted in humans to replace or repair missing, damaged, or defective body tissues. If the resin material does not penetrate the collagenous network or debonds from it as the resin shrinks during polymerization, a microscopic gap will form between the resin and dentin. This act required evidence of drug safety before pharmaceutical products could be distributed to the public. Substances that accumulate in these areas can lead to inflammatory reactions, allergic reactions, periodontal pathology, and periapical lesions. The litigious potential of these issues is enhanced by the facts that orthodontic practices treat many children and that many staff are women of child-bearing age. A discussion of several key points will reinforce this idea. The first key point to understand about bio-compatibility is that there are no truly inert biomaterials. Some materials, such as latex, can cause allergy directly by activating antibodies to the material. However, fluid exchange most likely occurs, and this may degrade the resin or the collagen network that is incompletely embedded with the resin, thereby reducing the longevity of the dentin–resin bond. 10. Fig. Biocompatibility is the most commonly used term to describe appropriate biological requirements of a biomaterial or biomaterials used in a medical device. Although several interfaces may be present in these restorations, the dentin–cement or dentin–resin interfaces are the most important in transition areas for transfer of leached substances into dentinal fluid. The absorption of ionic mercury is also poor (approximately 1% to 7%). Several studies have estimated the number of amalgam surfaces needed to expose an individual to mercury concentrations with a minimum observable effect (slightly impaired psychomotor performance, detectable tremor, and impaired nerve conduction velocity). Since the 1980s, testing has focused on primary tests for cytotoxicity, hemolysis, Styles’ cell transformation, the Ames test, the dominant lethal response, oral, Influence of the American Dental Association, Methods and standards for testing the safety and effectiveness of dental materials have evolved slowly during the twentieth century. Since no dental biomaterial is absolutely free from the potential risk of adverse reactions, the testing of biocompatibility is related to risk assessment. The Clean Air Act Amendments were enacted by Congress in 1990 and legislation has made several minor changes since 1990. In addition to the degradation process, the biocompatibility of a material is also affected by its surface characteristics. Biocompatibility of Dental Biomaterials details and examines the fundamentals of biocompatibililty, also including strategies to combat it. Their routes of entry into the body include the following sources: (1) ingestion and absorption; (2) inhalation of vapor; (3) leakage through the tooth apex; and (4) absorption through the oral, Different types of biological responses to substances can occur in humans. The half-life ranges from 20 to 90 days, depending on the form, with methyl mercury exhibiting the longest half-life and inorganic forms the shortest. The success of endosseous dental implants is based on the biocompatibility of the implant surface and the ingrowth of new bone into the surface through the process of osseointegration. An analysis of a database for 450 subjects with peanut allergy indicated that the ED10 was 12.3 mg of whole peanut (average mass of 1000 mg per whole peanut) compared with a 5% increase (ED05), corresponding to an ingested mass of 5.2 mg (Taylor et al., 2012). Other studies for neurological symptoms in children populations occupationally exposed have shown no effects (, The best screening substance for methacrylate allergy caused by dental material products is HEMA. Their migration to other sites can occur by diffusion through tissues or by flow through lymphatic channels or blood vessels. However, if bis-DMA is used, the amount released after placement of a restorative filling is too small to be of concern. (a) The oldest scheme used “unspecific” toxicity tests first, followed by “specific“ toxicity tests, and then by clinical trials. In some cases, observation for 2 weeks or more, when possible, can lead to a resolution of the response because the effect was caused either by trauma, another noninflammatory process, or a self-limiting allergic condition. These reactions are insensitive to the amount of the allergen that is available or released. The biocompatibility of a material is similar in the sense that it depends on its environment as well as the nature of the material. These regulatory pressures have resulted from many sources, including the movement toward the ethical treatment of patients, an increased awareness of patients about the risks involved in health care, and concerns of health practitioners about litigation by patients. Water probably contributes about 0.05 µg/day and food about 20.0 µg/day in the form of Hg2+. ANSI/ADA Standard No. However, not all of these have been documented for dental material exposures. Determining the biocompatibility of dental materials is an extremely complex task that requires consideration of cell biology, patient risk factors, clinical experience, and materials science. These effects are controlled by the substances that are released from the material and the biological responses to those substances. Biocompatibility of dental polymers is an important clinical issue. Although this gap is only a few microns wide, it is wide enough to permit bacteria to penetrate this interfacial space, since the average size of a, If the resin penetrates the collagen network of dentin but does not penetrate it completely, then a much smaller gap (less than 0.1 µm in most cases) will exist between the mineralized matrix of dentin and the collagen–resin hybrid layer, Influence of Biocompatibility on the Osseointegration of Implants, The success of endosseous dental implants is based on the biocompatibility of the implant surface and the ingrowth of new bone into the surface through the process of, The controversy over the biocompatibility of amalgam has waxed and waned several times in the 170-plus year history of its dental use in the United States. 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