Ti-Core core build-up materials have demonstrated predictability and long-term results for almost a decade.
In 1991, Essential Dental Systems developed and launched Ti-Core. A truly unique product, Ti- Core was developed by Essential Dental Systems? research and development team with the guidance of the company?s founders, Dr. Barry Lee Musikant and Dr. Allan S. Deutsch. According to Essential Dental Systems? Sales and Marketing Manager, Victoria Reina, Ti-Core was developed in response to the need for a strong core material. ?Previous products had problems with strength and reliability,? said Reina. ?Ti-Core provides a complete restoration with no worries about strength and retention.?
In 1993, the manufacturer introduced Ti-Core with lanthanide reinforcement. According to Essential Dental Systems, Ti-Core Auto E and Ti-Core Natural are the only lanthanide incorporated composite core materials on the market. Ti-Core Auto E (auto mixing shade Vita A2) is the ideal choice for esthetic restorations, while Ti-Core Natural?s paste formula in shade Vita A3 provides for natural-looking restorations.
The manufacturer describes lanthanide reinforcing agents as biocompatible fillers that contribute to high strength, solidity, and long-term durability. According to Essential Dental Systems, Ti-Core Natural and Ti-Core Auto E materials were developed by placing lanthanide within a Bis-GMA matrix. The result, according to the manufacturer, is increased strength without the worry of potential corrosive by-products that result from oxidation of silver filled ionomers.
In addition to lanthanide reinforced Ti-Core Auto E and Ti-Core Natural, Ti-Core is available in a newly improved paste formula in a gray shade.
When asked about the key feature of the Ti-Core line, Reina said it was predictability. ?When doing a core buildup, you will see the same results every time,? she added. According to the manufacturer, materials such as common composites and glass ionomers often suffer from ditching and grooving. Ti-Core Auto materials, on the other hand, feature a resistance similar to dentin. In a 2000 pilot study, the study?s authors cited the work of Cohen and colleagues, noting that Ti-Core?s compressive strength is 41,131 psi and its diametral tensile strength is 5219 psi. The authors also noted, ?These reported values approach the compressive and diametral tensile strengths of dentin (43,100 psi and 6000 psi, respectively).?1
Because there is no ditching or grooving, Ti-Core core build-up materials allow for easy preparation and placement. Ti-Core?s dual-cure formulation not only speeds the procedure, but also ensures depth-of-cure, while the auto-mix mechanism reduces chair time and the intraoral tip provides precise application. In addition to all of its advantages, Ti-Core provides more than 15 years of sustained fluoride release, according to Essential Dental Systems.2
Ti-Core products are defined by their reliability and long-lasting results. ?The line is continually evolving to suit the needs of the dentist,? explained Reina. Essential Dental Systems? newest addition to the line, Ti-Core Flow+, is no exception. This multi-purpose material, which launched in March 2011, features many of the same dependable qualities of its predecessors. According to Reina, Ti-Core Flow+ is a ?rock solid core material? that can also be used as a post cement. To provide the ultimate in esthetics, Ti-Core Flow+ is available in shade Vita A2. ?Elyse Fetherman
1. Cohen BI, Pagnillo MK, Newman I, et al. Pilot study of the cyclic fatigue characteristics of five endodontic posts with four core materials. J Oral Rehabil. 2000;27:83-92.
2. Data on file.