Mojo: The Clear Choice

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 08/27/2010
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Choosing the correct veneer cement makes or breaks an esthetic case. Nothing compares to that sinking feeling at the postoperative appointment when the case that looked fantastic at delivery now looks ?off? just a few weeks later. Shade shifting strikes again!

Choosing the correct veneer cement makes or breaks an esthetic case. Nothing compares to that sinking feeling at the postoperative appointment when the case that looked fantastic at delivery now looks ?off? just a few weeks later. Shade shifting strikes again!

I recently attended a regional dental meeting where I met up with one of my classmates who asked, ?How do you keep your veneers from getting that ?grayish? look?? My answer to her: ?Time to find a cement you have some confidence in; a cement that won?t shift shades.? Mojo, by Pentron, is a veneer cement that I use with confidence.

Shade Shifiting: Not Here

An eye-opening statistic was reported in a 2009 Clinician?s Report newsletter: ?Of those clinicians who observed a change in color of the ceramic veneer restoration, 44% of patients were [also] aware of the [color] change.?1 We all know the esthetically demanding patient is very aware of the color shade of their newly restored smile, and this survey confirms that fact. Too often the patient, not just the meticulous clinician, will notice a shift in shade.

Certain steps in the cementation procedure give the clinician direct control of the overall shade: the cleanliness of the preparation (bacterial staining), the use of a purely light-cured cement versus a dual-cured option, and the choice of shade of the cement itself.

Correct decisions during these steps should lead to predictable long-term shade stability. Unfortunately, some veneering resin cements shift shades over time. Mojo routinely scores high in all tests for shade stability. I have found this to be true every time I have used the cement? the case looks as good today as the day it was delivered.

Clarity of Clear

Mojo provides 4 shade options (light, dark, clear, movie star), but the clear cement caught my eye. The clear shade truly is clear during placement and after the final cure. Clear or translucent shade options of resin cements often exhibit a cloudy appearance. Mojo?s clear shade option allows the actual shade of the tooth to enhance the natural appearance of the final restorations.

No Difference: Try-In Gel to Permanent Cement

Early in my career, I was advised to toss my try-in gels because they never matched. Someone else suggested incorporating only water during the try-in phase. Both ideas led to less than ideal try-in situations.

I find that Mojo try-in gels correspond identically to the actual cured shade of the final cement. At last, there is a try-in gel that gives an accurate view of how the cement shade will affect the restorations before cementation.

Confidence and Predictability

Confidence lies in predictability. Predictability in esthetic cases allows procedures to run smoothly. Mojo veneer cement delivers both confidence and predictability in my cementation protocol.

Reference

1. Christensen GJ. Resin veneer cements?the clinical differences. Clin Rep. 2009;2(5):1-2.

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