Materials that are taken from plants or animals and used for replacing and repairing are known as natural bioactive
materials. These materials may interfere with the formation of a bond between the material used on the teeth and tissue.
Bioactive materials with unique properties are on increased demand in all fields, for long term usage. In place of dental
materials also, bioactive dental filling materials are now widely used. Bioactive dental filling materials hold a lot of advantages.
Bioactive materials mimic materials such as bioactive dentin, bioactive aggregate, bioactive calcium hydroxide, bioactive
glass, bioactive polymers, bioactive metals, bioactive mineral trioxide, aggregate, bioactive ceramics and so on. All bioactive
materials do have their own advantages and some disadvantages on the teeth structure. These materials do have some
challenges like some materials are ideal for certain patients and vary depending on the restorative needs of the patients, as
options and opinions vary with patients. The need for these bioactive materials is mainly because of its demand and reducing
the effects of secondary decay once it is replaced or done in the patients. These bioactive materials have more advancements
and will change the future dentistry with its emerging technology. This article summarises the concept of bioactivity and
compares the various available bioactive materials that are quintessential in every field and showcases the advancements in
this topic of dental materials
Key words: Bioactive materials; advancements; dentin; dental filling materials.