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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.



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.


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

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!















Kemdent awarded Medilink South West Award

Kemdent is awarded Medilink South West Export Achievement Award!

In February Kemdent was nominated for three awards by Medilink South West - Life Science & Healthcare. The three categories were:
Export Achievement, Innovation and Outstanding Achievement.

After coming up against a high level of competition, we are pleased to announce that we won the Medilink South West - Life Science & Healthcare award for Export Acheivement.

The award ceremony was also attended by GP, broadcaster and comedian Dr. Phil Hammond. To find out more click on the link below





Simplex Rapid for optimum results

Kemdent’s Simplex Rapid is ideal for use in repairs, relines and additions to dentures, we asked our customers what they thought

Kemdent’s Simplex Rapid is a self-curing and cold cured polymethylmethacrylate acrylic material with multiple applications. It is ideal for repairs, indirect relines and additions to removable prosthetic appliances. Qualities endorsed by Nicholas O’Connor and Martyn Young of Cotswold Dental Laboratory, Cheltenham, who said:

‘We have been using Simplex Rapid for all of our repairs, indirect relines and additions for many years. We particularly like its porosity-free consistency and good bonding properties, which make it a very reliable product that consistently does the job. We also like the better colour matching we can achieve with Kemdent’s denture base materials, which is extremely important should your dentures come back for additions in the future.’


Ideal Consistency

For optimum results, Kemdent recommend measuring out the appropriate quantity of liquid then adding the powder. After about 60 seconds the liquid will have absorbed the correct amount of powder for optimised handling and physical properties. The resultant mix has the consistency of thick custard, the ideal consistency for use as a reline material because it can be poured easily for optimum control with no slump.

Once mixed Simplex Rapid contains a very low residual monomer level, Simplex Consistencygiving it a high degree of mucous membrane tolerance and minimised porosity important for aesthetics and strength. In addition, its high compatibility to acrylic denture bases and teeth means that additions and repairs are much stronger and far less likely to fail.

Once cured it is easy to finish to create an extremely highly polished finish, which is well tolerated by the patient’s tongue and soft tissues.


SIMPLEX RAPID IS for use by dental professionals only.

To view a film on how to use Simplex to repair a denture Click here or if you  are interested in purchasing Simplex Click here

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