Rheological Properties of an Injectable Bioactive Calcium Phosphate Material
An injectable bone substitute (IBS) made of a suspension of calcium phosphate ceramic was used to filled dental root canal after removing of canal pulp. Compared with current filling materials, which are toxic to periapical tissues, calcium phosphate materials, due to their biocompatibility and bioactive properties, may be viewed as possible alternatives. The aim of this study was first to determine if an injectable bone substitute could be used to obtain further healing of apical tissue by the neoformation of a mineralized barrier. In the next step, the paper will focus on rheological measurements as a tool for physical characterisation and on the improvement of the injection technique. Rheology concerns the flow and deformation of the suspension and, in particular, its behaviour in the transient area between solids and fluids. The results showed that injection is possible with a good level of BCP granules at the end of the root dental canal with extracted tooth. Other experiments with other animal models closer to a Human model have to be performed before human trials.
Xingdong Zhang, Xudong Li, Hongsong Fan, Xuanyong Liu
J. Bosco et al., "Rheological Properties of an Injectable Bioactive Calcium Phosphate Material", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 330-332, pp. 847-850, 2007