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One dentist’s experience with this dual-cure adhesive resin cement system.
Dr. Michael Miyasaki has depended on a variety of Tokuyama Dental America products in his Sacramento-based practice for more than a decade, including the company’s Estelite composites and denture reline material. He’s been happy with the quality products Tokuyama offers and is excited about the recent innovations he’s seeing from the company, including the EsteCem® II dual-cure adhesive resin cement system.
He’s used the radiopaque cement for about six months now, and he says he likes the fact that the material is universal and easy to clean up. It also simplifies the process, saving him time as well as money.
“It’s universal, meaning we can use it with all the different ways we etch, which varies depending on the clinical situation,” Dr. Miyasaki says. “I also recently started using Tokuyama’s Universal Bond and combining the two really simplified cementation. We use all different types of restorative material from IPS e.max lithium disilicate to indirect resin to zirconia to PFM. Having one system that takes care of all of our cementation needs is attractive.”
The benefits for Dr. Miyasaki
The simplicity that comes with fewer steps is one of the biggest benefits EsteCem II offers, Dr. Miyasaki says. Systems that require more steps not only add time to the procedure, but they also leave more room for error. Patients get tired and there’s a greater chance of contaminating the working area. EsteCem II saves time chairside and helps lead to more predictable outcomes.
The universal resin cement also simplifies the inventory Dr. Miyasaki has to keep on hand. Instead of storing multiple primers, he can now combine Tokuyama’s Universal Bond with EsteCem II to get the results he’s after. EsteCem II also can be used as a post core cement, and that means there’s one less cement he has to worry about stocking up on. This all saves him a few hundred dollars in inventory costs per month, he says.
EsteCem II also simplifies the cleanup process, which is one of the biggest challenges clinicians face with cements.
“A lot of clinicians have a cement they like, but cleanup is just really, really hard,” Dr. Miyasaki says. “EsteCem II offers a good bond strength and easy cleanup, so we don’t have to compromise. It just comes right off.”
The benefits for his patients
Because both the procedure and cleanup are faster than with other cements, patients spend less time in the chair, Dr. Miyasaki says. He estimates about a 50 percent time savings.
“When it comes down to the patient experience, it’s just faster, which means less time they have to hold their mouth open and greater comfort,” he says. “And the easy cleanup is also a patient benefit. If you can just floss between the teeth to clean the cement versus picking it out or drilling it out, that changes the perception of the visit for the patient.”
The system also offers a variety of shades, Dr. Miyasaki says, giving him excellent color choices that make his patients happy.
Why you should try EsteCem II in your practice
Dr. Miyasaki has trusted Tokuyama for years, and the company’s latest cement offering doesn’t disappoint. When used with Tokuyama Universal Bond, EsteCem II provides a quicker solution that cuts chair time while also reducing inventory and costs.
“There are a lot of systems out there that require a lot of steps,” Dr. Miyasaki says. “With EsteCem II, it’s just easier and because it’s easier there are fewer mistakes or omissions that can be made. It’s very predictable and very simple. EsteCem II has worked out to be everything we need in an adhesive cement.”