TRL 4.0 – Inkubator Przedsiębiorczości

Project title: Photo-initiation systems for the preparation of a new generation of safe photocurable dental composites

Principal investigator: MSc. Eng. Monika Topa-Skwarczyńska

Obtained funds: 58 240 PLN

Project duration: Start day: 2021-06-01 – End day: 2022-09-30

Short description of the project:

The solution concerns the development of completely new initiating systems for the production of new generation photo-cured dental composites, as well as the production of completely new dental composites with better performance properties compared to commercial dental fillings.

The solution was created as a response to the specific needs of the industry for new, completely safe, new generation dental composites. There are many dental fillings available on the market, from metals and alloys (mainly amalgams), ceramics, to polymeric materials (including glass ionomer cements, compomers and resin composites). Nevertheless, all of them have some limitations. Resin composites are currently the most popular and desired in the modern dental industry. However, the dental industry is still looking for composites that would meet 4 main assumptions:

• complete absence of toxicity,

• great aesthetics,

• elimination of harmful UV radiation,

• low polymerization shrinkage.

An important aspect is also that the dental filling has a mechanical strength comparable to that of dentin and / or enamel, which nowadays is the greatest challenge for producers of light-cured dental fillings.