CeraGlaze diamond-impregnated polishing system creates a polished porcelain surface that rivals glazed surfaces.
Diamond-impregnated polishers have replaced silicone polishers for work on porcelain. Although silicone polishers are inexpensive, they wear quickly and cannot produce the high-quality shine on new porcelain materials that diamondimpregnated polishers can achieve. In addition, diamond- impregnated polishers last longer and achieve a better finish because of the matrix containing the diamond abrasives.1,2
A Polish that Rivals Glazing
AXIS Dental Corporation's CeraGlaze diamond- impregnated polishing system creates a polished porcelain surface that rivals glazed surfaces. Its availability in both an intraoral and extraoral kit gives CeraGlaze the versatility to re-polish any porcelain restoration quickly and efficiently, whether at the lab or chairside.
Introduced in 2000, CeraGlaze has remained a popular product because it meets the demand for intraoral or extraoral polishing of any porcelain restoration. A study from the University of California found that the CeraGlaze polishing system provides the smoothest surface on ceramics compared with 2 other wellknown polishing systems.1 In addition, it can polish roughened Lava zirconium oxide to a smooth finish.2
The CeraGlaze System
The CeraGlaze polishing system uses 3 sets of wheels, discs, points, and cups in sequence to create a polished surface. The green CeraGlaze is used for adjusting pre-polishing, to remove scratches from the surface. The blue refining CeraGlaze is then used to achieve a lustrous shine and prepare the surface for the final wet-looking high-shine step, which is achieved with the yellow reglazing CeraGlaze polisher.
The cup works well on labial and occlusive surfaces; the disc can be used on labial surfaces, or the edge of the disc can be used on interproximal surfaces. AXIS CeraGlaze polishers are autoclavable.
The Logic of CeraGlaze
When CeraGlaze was launched in 2000, it competed with the only other diamond impregnated product on the market. The CeraGlaze diamond matrix technology breakthrough meant that practitioners no longer had to send the crown back to the lab for re-glazing because it could now be completed chairside. The diamond impregnation is an innovation that also makes it unnecessary to use water or paste, and without a plastic center design, CeraGlaze allows for one third more polisher.
In 2004 AXIS Dental introduced the CeraGlaze Ultimate Polishing Kit (LS- 506).
'Most dentists think if they send a restoration back to their lab for reglazing that the lab will paint on the glaze and run it back up in the oven,' notes Michael DiTolla, a Newport Beach, California, dentist and lecturer. 'The truth is, there's too great a risk that the restoration will fracture when this happens, and the lab is able to achieve nearly identical results with polishing wheels. With the different shapes in the CeraGlaze logic set, there is no area in the mouth that I can't polish to a high glaze-like shine.'3
Dr. Gary Radz of Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado notes that in today's dental practice with the increased use of bonded ceramics, it is not possible to adjust the porcelain restoration at a try-in phase and then reglaze it. 'Bonded ceramics must be cemented into place before any occlusal adjustments are made,' he says. 'This presents a problem because the newly delivered restoration cannot be reglazed. However, using the AXIS CeraGlaze porcelain polishers, it is possible to polish the porcelain intraorally and achieve a polish and luster that will rival oven glazing.'4
Handpiece shanks are sold individually; friction grip and right angle/latch are sold in packs of 3. AXIS Dental products are available nationwide through authorized distributor partners. Visit www.axisdental.com for more information.
1. Hamzehpour S, Henizadeh O, Stevenson RG, et al. Influence of polishing systems on surface roughness of dental ceramics. Presented at the 85th General Session and Exhibition of the IADR/AADR/CADR, March 22, 2007, New Orleans, LA.
2. Fruge J, Potiket N, Raigrodski A, et al. Surface roughness of stabilized zirconia ceramics after different polishing treatments. Presented at the 83rd General Session and Exhibition of the IADR/AADR/CADR, March 12, 2005, Baltimore, MD.
3. DiTolla M. Dr. DiTolla's clinical tips. Chairside. 2008;3:11.
4. Radz G. Improve your chairside efficiency'using the right tools for the job. CeraGlaze. Axis Dental Corporation.
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