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Achieving efficient prosthodontic workflows with Anutex Wax

This article discusses the components within the prosthodontic workflow that can impact the success of outcomes achieved.

Achieving efficient prosthodontic workflows

 

There are many components within the prosthodontic workflow that can impact the success of outcomes achieved. These include everything from the clinician’s initial assessment and data capture to the skill of the technician, and all the techniques, technologies and products used along the way.
By optimising the process and delivering a prosthesis that is accurate, functional and aesthetic, patient satisfaction is maximised and both technician
and dentist benefit. 

Anutex Wax Sheet and Teeth

 

 

Communication

In order to achieve the highest standards, collaboration between technician and dentist is crucial. Both parties need to understand how the other works in order to exchange the right amount of information for each particular case. A relationship needs to be formed, one based on mutual respect and that enables both individuals to perform their roles to the best of their abilities.

Communication is central to building this rapport and working together on cases. Conversations should be frank, open and honest, and they should occur regularly when first establishing a working relationship – as you become more familiar with each other, communication can become short-hand and less frequent without compromising quality of data exchanged. Teamwork is a big part of any prosthodontic case and all relevant team members must communicate effectively for the best outcomes.

 

Efficiency

For dental technicians, the products and materials used for the fabrication of prostheses can have a significant influence on the quality of the final solutions. This is not only relevant for the manufacture of permanent prostheses either – the try-in stage is perhaps even more important as it sets the precedence for the entire treatment process and patient experience.

There is nothing more frustrating for the technician, dentist and patient than excessive wax-ups and try-ins, with multiple and substantial changes or even remakes required. It is a waste of time, money and effort for the professional team and can create a poor patient experience, leading to their reduced satisfaction.

As such, maximising efficiency with careful planning and precise wax-ups will improve the process for all involved. Minor alterations are to be expected and the dentist should prepare the patient for this accordingly – but technicians today have access to the skills and products they need to minimise unnecessary adjustments.

 

Optimising models

Part of the planning process for prosthetic indications like denture
fabrications is the creation of a mock-up model. A good model helps to manage patient expectations, while providing essential information to the dentist and technician regarding function and aesthetics.

Where appropriate, the mock-up should recreate the harmony between hard and soft tissue for balanced aesthetics. 

While constructing the mock-up, precision is key. Any distortions of the wax models can lead to the unnecessary adjustments we have already alluded to, which are costly in terms of money and time. This can come down to the quality of the modelling wax used – the most effective wax will be stable to prevent distortions. This means no shrinking or expanding during the process to ensure that the teeth remain in the exact positions needed for the designed denture and promoting good
marginal fit.
A quality wax will also be easy to trim without flaking and should provide a good
finish once polished.

 

Kemdent Anutex Modelling Wax delivers in each of these areas. The market leader for modelling wax in the UK, it is unmatched in handling characteristics and features tightly controlled and consistent softening properties to optimise efficiency in the lab and eliminate the risk of flaking. It is also easy to trim and presents a smooth and glossy finish after gentle flaming.

 

Colin Butchart from Dorset Denture Clinic comments:

 

“Anutex Wax adapts to plaster models well when warmed over a Bunsen burner, without stretching or tearing. Having used Anutex for many years, I have always found it to boil out well, without leaving residue on the teeth. It also carves easily and leaves a smooth surface once it has been flamed. Once cold, it polishes to a high shine when rubbed with cotton wool under cold water. In addition, Kemdent’s customer service is very professional and products always arrive the following day after placement of an order.”

 

From start to finish

 

An accurate model makes it simpler for dentist and technician to deliver an exceptional final prosthesis that the patient will love. Enhancing efficiency of the process from start to finish with close collaboration and quality products provides a better experience for all involved.

 

For more information about Kemdent Anutex Modelling Wax, or any other market-leading solutions available, please visit www.kemdent.co.uk or call 01793 770 256

Durability – More important now than ever

Now more than ever, dental patients want treatment results that last. However, they also value shorter treatment times and aesthetic outcomes. To achieve all this, utilising the right products, technologies and protocols is key for practitioners, that is why Kemdent's Diamond Rapid Set Capsules are ideal for practitioners needs

Durability – More important now than ever

 

Now more than ever, dental patients want treatment results that last. However, they also value shorter treatment times and aesthetic outcomes. To achieve all this, utilising the right products, technologies and protocols is key for practitioners.

 

Patients first 

Whether patients require urgent treatment to rid them of pain, restorative procedures to repair damage from trauma or disease, or elective treatments to improve their self-confidence, they want results that will endure. This represents value, providing maximum return on their investment of both time and money, while giving them peace of mind that their oral health is protected for the foreseeable future.

The promise of fewer visits is another attractive advantage for most patients, with at least 10 million in the UK suffering from some form of dental fear. [i] This benefit is intensified in light of the on-going pandemic. Many people have and will continue to limit their contact with people outside their households in order to protect themselves and their loved ones. Patients will therefore appreciate not needing to travel to and enter the dental practice too often.

As important as durable treatment options are to modern patients, they are often not willing to compromise aesthetics. This, coupled with growing uncertainty among the general population about the safety of amalgam fillings due to the potential mercury release, means that most people will appreciate an alternative restorative option. This is when materials like glass ionomers come into their own – they provide long-lasting solutions with better aesthetics than amalgam and that facilitate quicker treatment times for less time spent in the chair.

 

Supporting business

Meeting patients’ desire to limit practice visits and reduce treatment times – without compromising quality of care – can help the dental practice to maintain its patient base. Delivering treatment results that last for longer means that patients stay healthy and their satisfaction with the treatment received remains high. In turn, this can encourage word-of-mouth recommendations and enhance the business’ reputation among the local community for long-term support and stability.

On a day-to-day basis, the practice diary can be made more efficient. By ensuring that patients don’t require additional follow-up appointments to repair chips in their restorations, for example, practitioners are better able to optimise their surgery time. This is further supported by the rapid workflows that solutions like glass ionomers enable in a wide range of clinical indications. In view of the backlog of patients that many practices are still facing due to a year of pandemic-related restrictions, this greater speed and efficiency means that more patients can be seen for improved health of the local community and maximum revenue to support business recovery.

 

Achieving durability

It is important to achieve this durability of treatment results without compromising quality of the procedures or patient experience. This involves careful management of various protocols in place throughout the practice. For instance, meticulous treatment planning will help clinicians to avoid potential complications and prepare for enduring treatment results that their patients will love. The use of digital technologies, where appropriate, and the workflows employed will therefore have a significant impact on the quality and durability achieved.

It is also essential to consider how patients are communicated with. Their compliance with oral hygiene advice will be integral to protecting the outcomes delivered and enabling them to enjoy the benefits for longer. Ensuring they understand their role is a crucial element of the planning and consent processes.

 

Product selection

Of course, product selection is just as important for quality treatment and long-lasting effects. When it comes to restorative dentistry, the filling materials chosen are often the key to success. Particularly in the posterior region, clinicians need products that feature high resistance to chipping, without compromising aesthetics, clinical efficiency or workflow flexibility.

As already mentioned, selecting glass ionomers instead of amalgam allows much simpler application for a faster treatment time when compared to amalgam or composites. They also require less drilling and preparing of the tooth than that required for amalgam restorations. All of this ultimately reduces chair time for the benefit of both patient and practitioner, delivering the efficiency that is so beneficial in times of COVID-19.

A fine example is the Kemdent Diamond Rapid Set Glass Ionomer Cement Capsules. Extreme durability and chipping resistance mean they are ideal for non-load-bearing Class I and Class II restorations, as well as for deciduous teeth, the sandwich technique and core build ups. The innovative formula renders the material resistant to saliva almost immediately, minimising the risk of contamination from moisture for maximum material strength – after 6 months a compressive strength of 350MPa is achieved. Supporting the clinical workflow, the material offers just over a 2-minute working time and adheres to both dentine and enamel. The capsules are also individually wrapped in easy-open foils, facilitating single-dose dentistry and optimising both efficiency and hygiene in the surgery. The Kemdent Diamond Rapid Set Glass Ionomer Cement even release fluoride to provide a level of protection against caries.

 

 

 

 

A win-win

Achieving outstanding clinical results is only one step in the delivery of high-quality patient treatment. Both patient and practitioner benefit from more efficient treatment workflows and that still achieve durable outcomes – especially in the world we live in today. With careful product selection, the very best results can be encouraged in a wide range of restorative procedures.

Article by Alistair Mayoh

For more information, please visit Diamond Rapid Set Capsules Information Page

 

[i] Oral Health Foundation. Income, education and social isolation linked to dental anxiety in new report. News & Blogs. April 2018. https://www.dentalhealth.org/news/income-education-and-social-isolation-linked-to-dental-anxiety-in-new-report [Accessed January 2021]

Maximising value with Acron Hi - High Impact Acrylic

It has never been more important to offer the clinicians you collaborate with and their patients good value. That means quality products with an efficient service and affordable prices.

Acron Hi Denture

For many businesses, every detail of their services and those they seek from others has been scrutinised over the past year. Never has it been more important to optimise quality and efficiency, enabling organisations to boost productivity and bolster profits for short- and long-term stability. As part of this, dental practices will have evaluated the laboratories they work with, including everything from the breadth of services they offer to their turnaround times and the quality of the materials they use.


To ensure that dentists and their teams remain confident in the services you provide, it is important to constantly review and refine both what you do and how you do it. This involves building an effective team and then providing them with the materials they need to meet or even exceed expectations of dentists and patients alike.

 

 

Recognising team skill

Any successful dental lab will appreciate the importance of a good team. Their skills and experience are the foundation for delivering products and appliances of outstanding quality. If any of your dental technicians took the opportunity to update their knowledge and undergo virtual training during unavoidable downtime in 2020, it’s important that their new abilities are recognised and utilised. This could help to broaden and strengthen the services available from your lab, enabling you to offer new products or workflows that your clients will appreciate. Alternatively, if your team have gained experience with new materials that have the potential to reduce turnaround times, enhance quality or provide long-lasting reliability, your business can benefit from this too.

Recognising the expertise among the team is also essential for motivation, encouraging them to maintain the highest possible standards. An engaged team is more likely to go that extra mile for their clients, maximising the value provided, encouraging your dentists’ satisfaction and bolstering your reputation as a business worth working with.

 

Staying up to date

There are many reasons for needing to update the materials used in the lab, only one of which is the developing skill of the team. Other reasons may include changing demands form clients and patients, a restructure of the lab or a greater focus on specialist areas of dentistry. The tools and materials used in the lab therefore need to be reviewed regularly to ensure that you continue to stock the best and most appropriate products for the work you fulfil and the standards you want to meet.

 

In any case, this means finding materials that work well in your technicians’ hands and that they can trust to deliver the aesthetic, functional and durable results that patients expect. You also need solutions that have been proven to do what they say they’re going to do, that facilitate predicable outcomes and come with excellent customer support. For instance, when fabricating dentures, you need a strong and durable material that gives your clients the utmost confidence in its durability. At the same time, the material needs to be simple to use so as to enable an efficient workflow through the laboratory.

 

The Acron Hi from Kemdent is a true high impact strength acrylic, ideal for the provision of high-quality dentures. To ensure ease of handling, Acron Hi produces a soft and easily packable ‘dough’ that suits any processing protocols, including injection moulding. The unique Multi-Matrix Technology optimises its fracture and breakage resistance, and its increased stiffness after processing makes trimming and polishing simple. Plus, a low level of residual monomer minimises the risk of allergic reactions for greater patient comfort.

 

Maximising value

It has never been more important to offer the clinicians you collaborate with and their patients good value. That means quality products with an efficient service and affordable prices. It is essential to remind clients, where necessary, that this is not about cutting costs. Instead, focus should be on the value of services sought. Any laboratory with a highly skilled team, that cares about its clients and employs only the best technologies and materials in the market, will always be a trustworthy partner. All of this will ensure not only quality, but consistent quality, which ultimately is needed to support superior patient care now and for years to come.  

 

For more information about Acron Hi - High Impact Denture Base Acrylic call 01793 770256

 

 

 

Kemdent Visit Apollo Prosthetics

Kemdent's visit to Apollo Prosthetics in Malvern confirmed their view that Dental Technicians value British Made products.

Kemdent, a  British  manufacturer of dental materials take’s  pride in being a member of ‘Made in Britain’ an organisation only offering membership to those truly manufacturing in Great Britain. This makes it really clear to their customers that they’re manufacturing in Britain, and to the very highest standards.

A long time and valued Kemdent customer, dental lab Apollo Prosthetics is British Kite  Marked and so of course, Kevin the owner & registered Technician fully appreciates the benefits of Kemdent’s British manufactured, high quality products. From the materials inside to the packaging outside!

Kevin was kind enough to host Marketing Director Alistair Mayoh and UK Sales advisor Jodie for a visit to the lab so they could find out more about why the lab has bought and used Kemdent products for so many years.

One of Kevin’s favourite Kemdent products is Anutex HS modelling wax. Enjoying its temperature stability as a hard wax but high quality as it doesn’t crack when being taken off a model. He likes the way it snaps, the flow of the wax, its carveability and how it holds its form in a liquid state. Kevin also values the fact that when his work is finished, Anutex HS stays where he puts it with no splits. Kevin heats Anutex HS over a Bunsen for 10-15 seconds rather than heating it by alternative methods. He keeps the flame moderate to high continuously.

 Kemdent’s Light Cure trays and soft curved bite rims are again a product regularly used by Kevin for their reliable quality and ease of use.  

Kevin uses Kemdent’s PlasterSafe plaster solvent to aid the safe removal of dental plaster from the fitted surface of dentures. Alcohol free, Plastersafe is kind to technician’s hands. To save time on soaking Kevin used ultrasonic to speed things up.

Kevin also appreciates Kemdent as a supplier of denture base Acrylic.  Acron Hi High Impact acrylic is easy and quick to mix and pack. He uses original for private work and translucent for NHS. Kevin loves the colour and efficient curing time. He likes that it doesn’t crack and have the porosity of other acrylics he has used.

Although Kevin said he will always put quality before price, the competitive offers he receives from Kemdent make buying Kemdent products an easy choice. Reliable delivery service and regular telephone contact from Kemdent’s sales advisor Jodie make ordering with Kemdent easy, friendly and convenient.

It seems this relationship between UK based Manufacturer and Technician adds up to a real benefit for the dental technician and the patient!

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Dental prophylaxis in the modern dental setting

Dental prophylaxis in the modern dental setting

 

Routine dental care is an important aspect of long-term oral and general health. This is why patients are encouraged to attend regular dental and/or hygiene appointments, even if they are not experiencing problems or seeking treatment. Aside from oral can

cer screening, oral health education and more, the clinician may use these visits as an opportunity to deliver prophylaxis, removing plaque, calculus and staining to help patients maintain good dental health. To do this effectively, it is important to use the right products.

Indications

 

Dental prophylaxis is generally indicated for as a long-term oral health maintenance option for patients with no history of periodontitis, performed at
risk-based intervals. The recall interval will depend on the individual patient’s clinical history, risk assessment and personal wishes. Prophylaxis may also be appropriate for patients with periodontal disease, all the while they respond positively to non-surgical and supportive periodontal therapy.[i]
In fact, there is a wealth of evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of mechanical, non-surgical therapy for the successful treatment of periodontal disease.

Further still, there seems to be little difference in the efficacy of hand instrumentation and machine-driven therapy – good news for all professionals prioritising manual procedures where possible.[ii]

 

Some studies suggest that dental prophylaxis eliminates the barrier that might otherwise reduce the clinical efficacy of the topical fluoride application that follows as well. The concept is that this enables greater contact between the fluoride and tooth enamel for improved caries prevention, as well as reduced gingivitis risk, though there are papers to contradict this thinking and so more research is needed.[iii]  

 

In addition, prophylaxis may be performed prior to impression taking or tooth whitening treatment to optimise the result achieved.[iv]

 

Choosing the right products

 

Among the various products and materials used for effective prophylaxis is prophylaxis paste – or prophy paste. This is utilised to ensure the comprehensive removal of any calculus, soft deposits, plaque, salivary pellicle and extrinsic staining present on the supragingival and unattached subgingival surfaces of the teeth. To be effective, the product typically contains a mixture of binders, humectants (to retain moisture) and abrasives, among other elements. The size of the abrasive particles will dictate how coarse the product is.

 

A small survey[v] was conducted last year to see what dental professionals were most interested in when selecting a prophylaxis paste. Flavour and price rated highly for influencing purchase decisions, as did polishing effectiveness. This suggests that patient comfort and satisfaction, as well as cost-efficiency are valuable characteristics for a high-quality solution. Other than these properties, clinicians should also consider the reputation of the brand they use, the consistency of the paste and its ease of handling.

 

The Kemdent Prophylaxis Paste features a medium grit and unique formulation that effectively, quickly and easily eliminates food and drink stains from the tooth surface.  Its viscosity is optimised to improve adherence to the brush and it is thixotropic so as not to spatter for a cleaner and more pleasant patient and practitioner experience. Fluoride-free and easily polishable for a smooth finish, the product is available in several flavours to meet the preferences of various patients and further improve their comfort during the prophylaxis procedure.

 

Teamwork

 

Whether you’re providing dental prophylaxis for a patient or not, it’s important that they understand this alone is not enough to maintain the highest levels of oral health.  Patients need to take some of the responsibility and appreciate their role in optimising their dental hygiene routines at home for the very best results. Equally, they sometimes need to be educated on the need for professional intervention or support. Though frequent toothbrushing and interdental cleaning do aid mechanical removal of plaque, studies have demonstrated that these measures will not sufficiently improve the symptoms of gingivitis.[vi] It’s about teamwork. By working together, patient and practitioner can ensure an effective combination of at-home and in-practice techniques to optimise the patient’s long-term oral health. 

 

Prevention, always the priority

 

Dental prophylaxis is one of many services the dental team can provide to help patients maintain oral health and avoid the risks of dental problems. It can also offer an effective non-surgical approach to mild-moderate gingival diseases in some instances, preventing further development of the condition. Further still, it is an opportunity for effective skill mix within the practice, given that both dentists and dental hygienists may deliver treatment. Though time restrictions have long been a challenge for dental professionals, the issues have intensified since the pandemic. Where the workload can be shared without compromising on patient education and prevention, that’s a win-win.

 

 

For more information about Kemdent Prophylaxis Paste please Click Here

 

 

 

[i] Scottish Dental Clinical effectiveness Programme. Prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases in primary care. Dental clinical guidance. June 2014. https://www.sdcep.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/SDCEP+Periodontal+Disease+Full+Guidance.pdf [Accessed February 2021]

[ii] Matthews D. Conclusive support for mechanical nonsurgical pocket therapy in the treatment of periodontal disease. How effective is mechanical nonsurgical pocket therapy? Evidence-based Dentistry. Sept 2005; 6(3): 68-9

[iii] Azarpazhooh A, Main PA. Efficacy of dental prophylaxis (rubber cup) for the prevention of caries and gingivitis: a systematic review of literature. British Dental Journal. 2009; 207:E14

[iv] MA Healthcare, An overview of prophylaxis paste and its sue in dentistry. Dental Nursing. March 2014. https://www.dental-nursing.co.uk/features/an-overview-of-prophylaxis-paste-and-its-use-in-dentistry [Accessed February 2021]

[v] Kemdent SurveyMonkey Analysis – Kemdent Prophylaxis Paste Survey. Internal data

[vi] van der Weijden GA, Hioe KP. A systematic review of the effectiveness of self-performed mechanical plaque removal in adults with gingivitis using a manual toothbrush. J Clin Periodontol. 2005;32 Suppl 6:214-28. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-051X.2005.00795.x. PMID: 16128840.

 

Diamond's still a dentist's best friend

A recent customer survey reinforces why diamond carve is the ideal alternative to amalgam

Diamond carve glass ionomer cement

 

Kemdent recently conducted a customer survey amongst its many regular Diamond Carve customers to find out exactly what they thought about it, and to see if it needed any changing in order to make it even more user friendly and appropriate to use. The answer was a resounding no, with the vast majority of customers saying that it was perfect in virtually every aspect.

In the survey, the customers were asked 20 questions about Diamond Carve, and the overall results can be found in the tables below. They clearly demonstrate that Diamond Carve is easy to use and offers an ideal combination of mixing, working and setting times. Once mixed it also offers an ideal consistency for placement and carving and a strong adhesion to the tooth surface

 

Finally, it has the ideal strength for its recommended indications and is supplied in an adequate range of shades, which each accurately match the stated Vita shade.

Most of the responders use Diamond Carve for restoring deciduous teeth and for semi-permanent posterior restorations in adults. However, it is also extensively used as a core build-up material and in the sandwich technique. Easy to finish, they felt Diamond Carve had the optimum level of radiopacity for each of these indications.

Finally, with a three-year shelf life the responders stated that Diamond Carve represents good value for money and that they would definitely recommend it to other dentists.

 

Post-Minamata

The globally binding Minamata Treaty on the use of mercury, which was signed in October 2013, means dentists need to find a suitable alternative to dental amalgam. There are many to choose from, all with their own relative merits, but many believe that Kemdent’s Diamond Carve offers an extremely user-friendly and cost-effective option worthy of serious consideration.

 

What makes Diamond Carve special?

Kemdent first introduced the Diamond glass ionomer cement (GIC) range to the dental market in March 1999. Now 19 years later the Diamond range is one of the world’s leading GICs used daily by literally thousands of dentists in over a dozen countries worldwide.

Diamond provides dentists with a clinically proven GIC restorative material that effectively performs highly aesthetic restorative procedures, replacing traditional composite, and amalgam methods of working. Chemical curing, without dimensional change, means Diamond restorations can be placed in one increment, saving time and avoiding the creation of stresses within the restoration that can be caused by incremental build up using composites. Both of these advantages also contribute to its relative lack of postoperative sensitivity compared with bonded composites. Fluoride release is another significant advantage.

Diamond is also far less susceptible to moisture around the operating site, partly due to its rapid chemical snap set and its mercury-free composition. It quite categorically adheres to both enamel and dentine, without the need for acid etching – saving time and additional expense. Finally, there is no polymerisation shrinkage and consequent cracking associated with Diamond.

Handling and usability

 


Diamond is also far less susceptible to moisture around the operating site, partly due to its rapid chemical snap set and its mercury-free composition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The innovative Diamond range allows dental practices to perform various styles of chairside treatment. The firm consistency of the Diamond GIC range allows easy placement of the materials and rapid ‘snap setting’, matching tooth colour in just over two minutes at normal room temperature.

Gone are the days of sending away patients with poorly aesthetic, opaque, moisture sensitive restorations, with instructions to return a week later for polishing, hoping that when they return the restoration would not have a crazed appearance and have been weakened by moisture contamination.

Value



With a three-year shelf life the responders stated that Diamond Carve represents good value for money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond Carve is a hand-mixed glass ionomer cement for posterior indications including non-load bearing class I and II restorations, together with class V abrasion cavities.

It can also be used for restorations in deciduous teeth, core build-ups, amalgam repairs – where it helps minimise the health risks associated with the removal of old amalgam restorations, and the cementation of posts in root canal restorations.

Range of indications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond Carve Powder is made from alumina-silicate glass containing calcium fluoride as well as strontium and barium for radiopacity, plus a number of dry acids to enhance the setting reaction.

Diamond Carve Liquid is a water-based acidic solution. They are combined together in a 4:1 ratio, with one scoop of powder to one drop of liquid. Setting occurs through an acid/base reaction.

Available in one aesthetic shade, an immediate advantage over ‘dirty old amalgam’, it is manufactured from a special GIC, which contributes to a range of features including versatility and strength.

With a 350MPa compressive strength Diamond Carve is up to 50% stronger than other glass ionomer cements, saliva resistance, excellent finishing and wear resistance properties. In addition to this, tests have proven that there is no dimension change during the setting reaction and no postoperative sensitivity. These advantages, together with its packable consistency, durability and ease of use make it the ideal aesthetic alternative to amalgam.

 

Hints and tips for using Diamond Carve

Diamond Carve has a working time of between two and two-and-a-half minutes and a setting time between three minutes 40 seconds and four minutes. It requires minimal preparation, simply the requirement to remove soft caries and undermined enamel, with no varnishing afterwards.

It adheres to dentine and enamel without the need for any preparation of the tooth surface or a bonding system, thereby saving valuable surgery time and additional expense compared with composite materials. The cement becomes rapidly carvable, and offers a ‘waterproof’ chemical snap-set.

To see a short ‘How to use Diamond Carve’ video demonstrating the mixing and handling of Diamond Carve.

 

DIAMOND CARVE IS part of the Diamond GIC range. It is manufactured in the UK by Associated Dental Products. For further information contact Kemdent on 01793 770 090 or Click Here to buy Diamond Carve glass ionomer cement

Diamond's still a dentist's best friend

A recent customer survey reinforces why diamond carve is the ideal alternative to amalgam

Diamond carve glass ionomer cement

 

Kemdent recently conducted a customer survey amongst its many regular Diamond Carve customers to find out exactly what they thought about it, and to see if it needed any changing in order to make it even more user friendly and appropriate to use. The answer was a resounding no, with the vast majority of customers saying that it was perfect in virtually every aspect.

In the survey, the customers were asked 20 questions about Diamond Carve, and the overall results can be found in the tables below. They clearly demonstrate that Diamond Carve is easy to use and offers an ideal combination of mixing, working and setting times. Once mixed it also offers an ideal consistency for placement and carving and a strong adhesion to the tooth surface

 

Finally, it has the ideal strength for its recommended indications and is supplied in an adequate range of shades, which each accurately match the stated Vita shade.

Most of the responders use Diamond Carve for restoring deciduous teeth and for semi-permanent posterior restorations in adults. However, it is also extensively used as a core build-up material and in the sandwich technique. Easy to finish, they felt Diamond Carve had the optimum level of radiopacity for each of these indications.

Finally, with a three-year shelf life the responders stated that Diamond Carve represents good value for money and that they would definitely recommend it to other dentists.

 

Post-Minamata

The globally binding Minamata Treaty on the use of mercury, which was signed in October 2013, means dentists need to find a suitable alternative to dental amalgam. There are many to choose from, all with their own relative merits, but many believe that Kemdent’s Diamond Carve offers an extremely user-friendly and cost-effective option worthy of serious consideration.

 

What makes Diamond Carve special?

Kemdent first introduced the Diamond glass ionomer cement (GIC) range to the dental market in March 1999. Now 19 years later the Diamond range is one of the world’s leading GICs used daily by literally thousands of dentists in over a dozen countries worldwide.

Diamond provides dentists with a clinically proven GIC restorative material that effectively performs highly aesthetic restorative procedures, replacing traditional composite, and amalgam methods of working. Chemical curing, without dimensional change, means Diamond restorations can be placed in one increment, saving time and avoiding the creation of stresses within the restoration that can be caused by incremental build up using composites. Both of these advantages also contribute to its relative lack of postoperative sensitivity compared with bonded composites. Fluoride release is another significant advantage.

Diamond is also far less susceptible to moisture around the operating site, partly due to its rapid chemical snap set and its mercury-free composition. It quite categorically adheres to both enamel and dentine, without the need for acid etching – saving time and additional expense. Finally, there is no polymerisation shrinkage and consequent cracking associated with Diamond.

Handling and usability

 


Diamond is also far less susceptible to moisture around the operating site, partly due to its rapid chemical snap set and its mercury-free composition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The innovative Diamond range allows dental practices to perform various styles of chairside treatment. The firm consistency of the Diamond GIC range allows easy placement of the materials and rapid ‘snap setting’, matching tooth colour in just over two minutes at normal room temperature.

Gone are the days of sending away patients with poorly aesthetic, opaque, moisture sensitive restorations, with instructions to return a week later for polishing, hoping that when they return the restoration would not have a crazed appearance and have been weakened by moisture contamination.

Value



With a three-year shelf life the responders stated that Diamond Carve represents good value for money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond Carve is a hand-mixed glass ionomer cement for posterior indications including non-load bearing class I and II restorations, together with class V abrasion cavities.

It can also be used for restorations in deciduous teeth, core build-ups, amalgam repairs – where it helps minimise the health risks associated with the removal of old amalgam restorations, and the cementation of posts in root canal restorations.

Range of indications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond Carve Powder is made from alumina-silicate glass containing calcium fluoride as well as strontium and barium for radiopacity, plus a number of dry acids to enhance the setting reaction.

Diamond Carve Liquid is a water-based acidic solution. They are combined together in a 4:1 ratio, with one scoop of powder to one drop of liquid. Setting occurs through an acid/base reaction.

Available in one aesthetic shade, an immediate advantage over ‘dirty old amalgam’, it is manufactured from a special GIC, which contributes to a range of features including versatility and strength.

With a 350MPa compressive strength Diamond Carve is up to 50% stronger than other glass ionomer cements, saliva resistance, excellent finishing and wear resistance properties. In addition to this, tests have proven that there is no dimension change during the setting reaction and no postoperative sensitivity. These advantages, together with its packable consistency, durability and ease of use make it the ideal aesthetic alternative to amalgam.

 

Hints and tips for using Diamond Carve

Diamond Carve has a working time of between two and two-and-a-half minutes and a setting time between three minutes 40 seconds and four minutes. It requires minimal preparation, simply the requirement to remove soft caries and undermined enamel, with no varnishing afterwards.

It adheres to dentine and enamel without the need for any preparation of the tooth surface or a bonding system, thereby saving valuable surgery time and additional expense compared with composite materials. The cement becomes rapidly carvable, and offers a ‘waterproof’ chemical snap-set.

To see a short ‘How to use Diamond Carve’ video demonstrating the mixing and handling of Diamond Carve.

 

DIAMOND CARVE IS part of the Diamond GIC range. It is manufactured in the UK by Associated Dental Products. For further information contact Kemdent on 01793 770 090 or Click Here to buy Diamond Carve glass ionomer cement

Diamond Carve, the ideal alternative to Amalgam

Diamond Carve is not only the ideal alternative to Amalgam it is a low cost/ high margin product.

















Diamond Carve is not only the ideal alternative to Amalgam it is a low cost/ high margin product.

The continued use of mercury rich dental amalgam has been controversial for decades, but now the globally binding treaty on the use of mercury, which was signed in Japan in October 2013, has ultimately signed its death knell. Whilst this won't happen overnight, it means dentists will all need to find a suitable alternative. There are many to choose from, all with their own relative merits, but many believe that Kemdent's Diamond Carve offers an extremely user friendly and cost effective option worthy of serious consideration.   

Dentists recommend Diamond Carve 

"I use Diamond Carve because it is easy to mix and you can mix the exact quantity you require. There is no waste. I also like the way it bonds well to the tooth and is a lot harder than other Glass Ionomers, therefore, it lasts longer."

"I use Diamond Carve to restore primary teeth and class Vs in adults, where the restoration is held in place and shaped using a metal cervical foil, which gives a very smooth finish after the initial snap-set."

Quote from Dr John Rees - Rees Dental Practice, Birmingham.

Diamond Carve is available in 1 shades: A3

Setting time: 2 minutes, 15 seconds
Packaging: 10g Powder, 7ml Liquid

Our products are made in England by Associated Dental Products Ltd



Click Here to find out more about Diamond Carve

Talk to our qualified sales team about Kemdent's high quality UK manufactured products available at competitive prices!

E-mail sales@kemdent.co.uk
Tel: 01793 770256

 

 

Kemdent staff attempt the Crisis 50/50 Challenge!

Kemdent staff are attempting the Crisis Challenge which means completing 50 miles in 50 days!

Crisis 50/50 Challenge

Kemdent staff have set themselves a hard task this September and October. The Kemdent team are attempting the Crisis Challenge which means completing 50 miles in 50 days! We will be cycling, walking, swimming, hopping and running our way to raise money for the Charity organisation Crisis.

Crisis are the national charity for homeless people. They help people directly out of homelessness and campaign for the changes needed to solve it altogether.

The money we raise will help create a future without homelessness and will fund vital services for homeless people today

Wish Kemdent luck!

Find out more about the challenge Click Here 
 

Crisis 50 miles in 50 days Challenge!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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