Since the advent of all-ceramic restorations, Dr. Michael Koczarski has been searching for a luting agent that he can use that will impart strength to the restorative materials (i.e. Ivoclar Vivadent’s IPS Empress, IPS e.max, etc), provide an esthetic link between tooth structure and final esthetic result (i.e. the cement shows through the all-ceramic restoration and is an integral part of the final esthetic result), that is highly radiopaque for quality control on clean up and marginal seal, and is easy to clean up. This is in high demand for such a routinely overlooked simple procedure such as crown and bridge cements.
Most commonly used crown and bridge cements (resin modified glass ionomer) primarily rely on mechanical retention to hold a restoration in place, and impart little strength to the material and are opaque white as well and not esthetically pleasing. They are useless in cementing partial coverage restorations like IPS Empress CAD milled inlays and onlays that require high strength adhesion. Although acceptable to cement lithium disilicate (IPS e.max) and zirconium crown and bridge restorations, they detract from the final esthetic result by not allowing the natural beauty of the underlying dentin to show through the restoration imparting a natural and realistic result. By using Multilink Automix in my practice, these concerns have all been addressed.
What are the product’s best benefits?
With the Multilink Automix System, you can dual cure without compromise. Even though most resin cements are ‘dual’ cured, and most ceramic restorations seem to transmit adequate curing light energy, what you see IS NOT what you always get! Ceramics limit light transmission due to thickness, shadeand opacity, preventing the cement from getting enough light energy to cure to entirety. You might be thinking, so what? My cement’s dual cured. But not all cements are created equal and no cement sets as well chemically as Multilink Automix. Classified as a true self-cure cement with an optional light, Multilink Automix will completely set in a self-cure mode. However you can expedite the setting time by using a curing light.
Why would you recommend Multilink Automix to a colleague?
There are multiple choices for resin bonded luting agents on the market that help solve some of the problems clinicians may face. But clean up, reliability and final strength play key factors in the decision process, and that’s why I would recommend Multilink Automix. There is a fine balance between ease of use and strength, and the easiest to use is not always the strongest to use. Ivoclar Vivadent has answered that dilemma for the clinician and maximized both, so you can have your cake and eat it, too!
Multilink® Automix System
Designed for adhesive cementation techniques, Multilink Automix System offers an enhanced adhesive formula that allows for simpler clean-up of excess material using a quarter light curing technique. Additional features include a new shade, try-in pastes and room temperature storage. The cement is recommended for all types of restorative materials, especially IPS e.max®.