The rapid pace of innovations in new dental materials and techniques, and the short marketing lifetime of new products, makes it hard for a busy practitioner to assess the latest developments in dentistry.
The PREP panel is a group of thirty three experienced General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) who assess new materials and products in the busy surgery environment, and report on their suitability for modern dental practice.
We are paid by the manufacturers to test their products, but we publish exactly what we find. We have published the results of over 50 products since our formation in 1993, with each product evaluated by between 10 and 15 of our dentists. Also the results of one, two, three and five year trials of restorative materials have been published in peer-reviewed journals.
The PREP panel members work all over the UK (together with one member in Germany) and in all types of General Practice.
This website contains the reports of the evaluations and trials of currently available materials and as such we hope will be a valuable resource for the busy GDP.
Overall the good reception of this new material has again been underlined by the 80% (n=8) of evaluators who stated they would both purchase the system and recommend it colleagues.
Clinical uses include Class V cavities, base under composites, PRR's. That the material was well received is reflected in the 78% (n=7) of the evaluators who stated that they would purchase the Admira Flow system if available at £60 for a full range of 6 shades.
That the material was well received is indicated by the 100% of evaluators who stated they would purchase the Esthet X system for £199 and that all the evaluators would recommend the system to colleagues. A significant number of evaluators (38%) did comment on the learning curve required to get the best results and one evaluator suggested that clinicians should be offered the chance by the manufacturer to go on a course to get the best out of the material.
As well as receiving high scores throughout the evaluation a notable maximum score for ease of use when compared to the pre-evaluation dentine bonding systems was achieved. All 12 evaluators would purchase G-Bond endorsing a most favourable reception of this product.
High scores were achieved throughout the evaluation as well as a higher overall score for ease of use when compared to the panel members' pre-evaluation dentine bonding systems.
Well received material, as indicated by the high scores achieved throughout the evaluation as well as a higher overall score for ease of use when compared to the pre-evaluation dentine bonding systems. 8 evaluators (67%) stated that they would purchase One Up Bond F, endorsing the favourable reception of this product.
The positive reception of this self-adhesive resin luting material is underlined by the fact that all the evaluators would purchase the material if available at average cost and also that again all 100% of the evaluators would recommend Unicem to colleagues.
The 81% of the evaluators would purchase the Clicker version of 3M ESPE’s popular resin-based luting material RelyX Unicem and the same number would recommend this product to colleagues.
Calibra was rated slightly higher by the evaluators for ease of use compared with their normally used resin-based luting system. The positive reception of the material is shown by all the evaluators stating they would recommend the Calibra system to colleagues.
A very well received impression system. 82% of the evaluators wold recommend the Affinis impression system to their colleagues.
45% of the evaluators stated they would recommend the P2 polyether impression system to their colleagues. This indicates how well this impression system has been received but also the difficulty in persuading clinicians to change from tried and trusted impression systems for similar end results