How to achieve the ultimate bond with CAD/CAM blocks

June 13, 2013

Help your dentists choose a cement that will deliver optimum bonding to the CAD/CAM restorations your lab creates.

Help your dentists choose a cement that will deliver optimum bonding to the CAD/CAM restorations your lab creates.

The following are key considerations to keep in mind:

Flexibility in material indications: Stocking a cement that only works with a limited number of materials is both inefficient and inconvenient. Look for a product that can be used with a wide range of materials including etchable glass ceramics, nonetchable zirconia and alumina ceramics, resin nanoceramics, composite, metal and fiber-reinforced composite posts.

High adhesion, wear resistance and flexural strength: Review product claims for adhesion to both dentin and enamel, as well as with both self-etch and total-etch procedures. Additionally, examine results for wear resistance and flexural strength to determine that a product meets your personal standards.

Ease of use, time-savings and simplicity: Compare the total number of components involved in an adhesive system and cement, as well as the time required for each step in the process.

For maximum simplicity, look for an optimized system such as 3M™ ESPE™ RelyX™ Ultimate Adhesive Resin Cement and Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive. This system, designed with a dark-cure activator for the adhesive integrated into the cement, helps save time and lessens the components needed to complete the procedure.