New filling material said to 'produce' hydroxyapatite

A new restorative material being launched May 11 at a conference in Iran can "produce" hydroxyapatite, according to a report on Press TV, an English-language Iranian news service.

Developed by Sa'id Asgari at Shahid Beheshti University, calcium-enriched cement (CEM) will soon be available on the global market and can be used for "several types of dental procedures," the news service said.

A scanning electron microscopy study published in the Iranian Endodontic Journal (Summer 2009, Vol. 4:3, pp. 112-116) reported small particle sizes in CEM, which the investigators said could make it a strong, tight, endodontic sealant.

Asgari has patented the material with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the news service said.

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