Welcome to the PREP panel

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.

Shofu Beautifil Flow Plus

2012

Summary

Full paper available on request. Two maximum scores were achieved by this material, which to date is unique for PREP Panel evaluations.

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3M ESPE Filtek Supreme XTE

2010

Summary

91% of the evaluators would purchase this nano-filled composite restorative material and also recommend it to colleagues

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3M Filtek Universal Restorative

2019

Summary

90% of evaluators would both purchase the material and recommend it to coleagues.

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Shofu Beautibond

2012

Summary

All 100% of the evaluators would purchase this product, with maximum scores achieved for ease of use and handling.

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3M ESPE Scotchbond Universal

2014

Summary

All 100% of the evaluators would purcahse this bonding system

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GC G-Premio Bond

2019

Summary

The Universal Bonding Agents have been considered to be a step forward in dentine bonding. The excellent reception of GC G-Premio Bond, which was clear from the high scores achieved and the fact that all of the evaluators would purchase the material if available at average cost, would appear to indicate that the bonding agent under evaluation in the current work is ready to join this group.

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3M ESPE RelyX Unicem 2 Automix dual-cure self-adhesive resin cement

2010

Summary

90% of evaluators would both purchase the system and recommend it to colleagues

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3M ESPE RelyX Ultimate

2011

Summary

83% of the evaluators would purchase the material and 75% would recommend it to colleagues

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3M ESPE Scotchbond Universal adhesive

2013

Summary

All 100% of the evaluators would purchase this material

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3M ESPE Pentamix 3 Auto-mix Impression machine

2010

Summary

85% of the evaluators would recommend this auto-mix machine to colleagues

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3M Position Tray & Penta Quick Preliminary Impression Material

2005

Summary

64% of evaluators would bothe purchase the Position Tray set and the Position Penta Quick impression asystem

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3M ESPE Astringent Retraction Paste

2012

Summary

75% of the evaluators would purchase this product and 83% would recommend it to colleagues

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