The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has awarded Louisiana State University (LSU) Health New Orleans’ School of Dentistry a $2.5 million grant to develop stronger dental restorative materials. Given that secondary caries resulting from oral biofilms are the leading cause of composite restoration failure, a team led by Xiaoming Xu, PhD, director of biomaterials research at LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry, and a professor and head of the Division of Biomaterials, will develop restoratives that employ antibacterial properties to prevent recurrent caries and extend the life of the restoration.
The grant supports Xu’s work on the development of a series of antibacterial materials that have shown enhanced fluoride-release-and-recharge capabilities, as well as good mechanical properties and bonding strength.
From Decisions in Dentistry. July 2017;3(7):10.