How to simplify your dental cements inventory.

August 28, 2018 Charles Hudson

female dentist

With the wide array of indirect restoration options and clinical treatments options, choosing the correct dental cement is not as straight forward as it once was. It’s certainly one of the areas where we get the most questions on “what is the best cement to use”.

Every clinical situation is different and unique. What is the composition of the restoration? Can I conventionally cement, or do I need to adhesively bond? Are there esthetic considerations? Does the preparation have proper resistance and retention form? – are just a handful of the questions that need consideration.

It’s unrealistic to stock every possible cement for every situation that presents itself. But, you can pick a family of products designed to cover you throughout a range of cementation process needs.

Making smart choices for your cementation process.

The first question to ask is: what types of restorations and materials do you most commonly perform?

This will help guide the cement choices that make the most sense in your practice. It will most likely be a “team approach.”

For example, 3M™ RelyX™ Brand has several different dental cements that each have distinct capabilities but together cover a wide variety of indirect procedures:

  • Glass ceramic restorations: 3M™ RelyX™ Ultimate Adhesive Resin provides excellent bond strength. Its flexibility allows for total etch, self-etch, and selective etch, and is equipped with natural fluorescence for a natural look. Plus, it is paired with 3M™ Scotchbond™ Universal Dental Adhesive, so you can complete the application process with just two materials.
  • Zirconia restorations: 3M™ RelyX™ Unicem/Unicem 2 Self-Adhesive Resin Cement is an excellent choice for zirconia/oxide ceramic restorations. It’s an excellent choice for endodontic posts too and is the world’s most clinically proven self-adhesive resin cement*.
  • PFM, Stainless Steel (SS) restorations: 3M™ RelyX Luting Plus Cement can support you with your PFM restorations and SS crown cementation.  This dental cement is easy-to-use and moisture tolerant.  It also has a five second tack light-cure feature, so you can clean up on demand.
  • Porcelain veneers: 3M™ RelyX™ Veneer Cement is an easy to use aesthetic solution for veneer restorations. It features colour stability, a light-cure only formula, and easy handling and clean-up.

For a full list of recommended indications of RelyX™ cement grouped by material, download the Cement Selector Guide.

Learn how to simplify your dental cements.

Visit the Get Simplified website to find out how 3M Science can help your simplify your dental cement inventory.

* 3M data on file

About the Author

Charles Hudson

[enBio=Charles has over 30 years’ experience working in the industry. He joined 3M Canada in the research and development lab where he aided in the development of dental glass ionomers – a dental restorative material. Charles’ expertise has taken him all over the world lecturing on dental materials and techniques to help enhance dental procedures.],[enJob=Scientific Affairs Manager, Oral Care Division, 3M Canada],[frBio=Charles détient plus de 30 ans d’expérience au sein de l’industrie Il s’est joint au laboratoire de recherche et développement de 3M Canada où il a participé à la mise au point de verres ionomères - un matériau de restauration dentaire. L’expertise de Charles l’a amené à voyager dans les nombreux pays où il a présenté des conférences sur les matériaux dentaires et les techniques qui aident à améliorer les procédures dentaires.],[frJob=Directeur des services professionnels, Soins dentaires 3M, Compagnie 3M Canada]

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