Universal Dental Cleaner Offers Greater Efficiencies
The COVID-19 crisis has temporarily paused non-emergency procedures, and practices are using this spare time to reevaluate protocols, procedures, and their most commonly used products. Over the course of a busy day, you may not stop to consider updated or enhanced versions of your go-to chairside materials. This temporary downtime is an opportunity to “catch up” on new products that can significantly improve efficiencies in the restorative workflow.
For instance, have you ever considered how much time it takes to clean off a prosthetic during trial fitting, or how you can’t use the same cleaner on the tooth structure? Good news: there’s now a universal cleaner that works quickly and can be used intraorally, too.
Released in February 2020, KATANA Cleaner from Kuraray is a non-abrasive intraoral and restoration cleaner. KATANA Cleaner is unique compared to other similar products on the market because its pH value of 4.51 allows it to be used not only extraorally on prosthetics but also intraorally on tooth structure. That makes KATANA Cleaner the first restorative cleaner to market with the capability for intraoral and extraoral use, according to the company.
As dentists are aware, when cementing a restoration during trial fitting of the prosthetic, bond strength is reduced because of contamination with saliva and blood in the oral cavity. Now, you can reach for just one product to clean the tooth structure inside the mouth and the prosthetic after try-in. KATANA Cleaner works in an efficient two-step process: just rub for at least 10 seconds on the abutment tooth or prosthetic restoration, and then rinse and dry. The product’s high effectiveness quickly restores original bonding strength so the restoration can be cemented.
KATANA Cleaner is indicated for the following uses, specifically:
1. Cleaning of contaminated prosthetic materials, including:
•Ceramics (zirconia, lithium disilicate, dental porcelain)
•Resin-based materials (CAD/CAM crowns, composite resin)
•Metals (precious/non-precious metal alloys)
•Posts (glass fiber posts, metal posts)
2. Cleaning of contaminated prepared tooth structure (cavity, root canal, and tooth abutment) and implant abutment
So, how exactly does it work? KATANA Cleaner has a high cleaning effect due to the surface active action of MDP salt that adheres to contamination. The MDP salt weakens the surface tension of contamination by surrounding and breaking it up. Then, the MDP salt floats the contamination away from the surface. The contaminants are removed by simply rinsing with water until the color of the product is completely gone; the surface air dries.
For a closer look at this process, watch the video below.
After using KATANA Cleaner, the restoration and dental structure are free of contamination and are ready for preparation using your favorite dental cement. If you’re upgrading to a universal cleaner, you may consider upgrading to a universal, everyday cement, such as PANAVIA SA Cement Universal from Kuraray. This material offers high bond strength to virtually all materials and eliminates adding silane or primer because it’s already in the paste.
Restorative materials are continuously evolving, and all-in-one, universal products are improving efficacy. While this pause in your regular routine of restorative dentistry was unanticipated, consider using the time to research new innovations that can save time and money, while reducing the number of products needed in your armamentarium.
To learn more about KATANA Cleaner visit www.kuraraydental.com.