Biomaterials Lab

The Biomaterials Laboratory has a long list of material properties that it can test. For example, as CAD CAM products evolve, we are testing TP (translucency parameter) and strength properties. Also, new composites are being tested for TP, strength, bond strength, and radiopacity. Impression material, cement, instrument cleaner and curing light performance have also been popular to test for the dental community. Recently we investigated a clinician’s complaint that a flowable composite was “too” runny and we developed a simple Flowability test to make comparisons with other flowable composite materials. Indeed it was more flowable than any other that we tested validating the clinician’s concern. We often develop custom tests when ADA or ISO standards do not provide guidance for a special situation or material. We enjoy working with manufacturers to develop and perform testing which fairly and honestly provides the information which helps them enter the market with an excellent product.  If you are interested in having your product tested by a truly independent third party, something that we have found useful to many of our patrons, contact THE DENTAL ADVISOR at or call 734-665-2020.

Visit our Editorial Schedule to learn about lab testing protocols for specific Main Topic Issues throughout 2018.

THE DENTAL ADVISOR Biomaterials Research Center provides custom laboratory testing of commercial and experimental restorative dental materials and dental laboratory products for dental manufacturers. Tests include evaluations of the bond strength of dental adhesives and the mechanical and physical properties of resin composites, provisional materials, dental cements, and impression materials. Special evaluations of dental and laboratory equipment and devices can be performed at this facility. Microbiological testing of infection control products is also conducted (see Microbiology Lab). Results are reported in THE DENTAL ADVISOR Research Report, scientific abstracts and THE DENTAL ADVISOR Translating the Science articles.

Why not test early in the product development process and avoid costly product design changes and recalls post launch? We can help make dental products more successful.