Visalys CemCore Evaluation
An easy-to-use dual-curing cement and core buildup material all in one product
Managing an inventory of dental materials can be cumbersome and costly, and it’s often challenging to find enough space to store an arsenal of cements, bonding agents, and composites in a dental practice. To reduce inventory and simplify material selection, manufacturers are inventing new technologies and techniques so that one formulation can be used for multiple indications.
Determined to find innovative ways to help dental professionals work smarter without sacrificing performance, Kettenbach Dental recently introduced Visalys CemCore, a unique 2-in-1 material that fabricates core buildups and cements restorations.
“I was looking for a good core buildup material as well as a good cement that can be used universally,” shared Lakisha Arif Holmes, DDS, who participated in the DPS evaluation of Visalys CemCore. Because it combines 2 products into 1, she said it is an ideal solution for both core buildups and cementation. “If you are looking to cut down on some of the materials that you have to buy to complete one procedure, this would be the product,” she explained.
Mixing, Dispensing, & Handling
Available in 5 shades—universal (A2/A3), opaque, translucent, bleach, and dark (A4)—Visalys CemCore is mixed and delivered with a 5-mL automix syringe and mixing tip. Designed to flow where it’s needed yet stay in place, the material is easy to dispense with a good variety of shades, according to Dr. Stephen Rosenberg.
“It has excellent viscosity for buildups and preps well without ditching, gouging, or flaking. It works very well as a core buildup material,” Dr. Rosenberg noted. Dr. Neil Fabricant said he liked using the 2-part primers but suggested more viscosity, while Dr. Aaron Knop said the consistency was good and it was easier to handle than his previous material. “I liked its flowability into narrow spaces and canals,” described Pooja Saroha, DMD, while Dr. Lourdes Calvo suggested it could be a little less fluid. Noting that it worked easily in his hands, Dr. David Feick said, “I liked how easily the material floored and steadied in place.”
Curing & Ease of Cleanup
With a 20-second light cure and 5-minute self cure, Visalys CemCore’s dual-curing properties help to ensure a full cure, even in areas where a light cannot reach. Dr. Fabricant said he liked starting the cure with a light, knowing it would continue to chemically polymerize on its own. “Visalys CemCore is a reliable buildup material that is easy to use, easy to place, and cuts like dentin,” shared Paul Nguyen, DDS. “The simple procedure made placing a core buildup quick and efficient. I was pleased with the results.”
Visalys CemCore “was so much easier to clean up than my old product,” noted Dr. Feick, while Dr. Daniel Florian said, “The product is great, but the steps and cleanup take a little longer than my current material.” After using Visalys CemCore in 15 cases for both crown cementation and cores and buildups, Dr. Calvo declared, “The great cleanup at the gel stage was awesome! The ease of cleanup was a major time saver.”
Whether looking for a reliable core buildup material or a permanently strong adhesive bond, Visalys CemCore is a versatile solution for cementation of all restorations and for core buildups. “I was looking for a material that’s versatile and easy to use, and Visalys CemCore can be used for multiple applications,” said Dr. Saroha. “What I liked best about this product was the versatility,” described Dr. Arif Holmes. “It not only can be used for crown and bridge, but it’s great for post and cores as well, which is a bonus. It definitely made the procedure a little faster.”
When using Visalys CemCore for cementation, Dr. Karen-Lee Jones Stewart said it required fewer steps than other adhesives, although she suggested that the porcelain etchant be included with the kit. She liked the color-coded bottles and said the material “is easy to use and cut cementation time.” When used as a core buildup material, Dr. Arif Holmes said it sets very hard and quickly with the curing light and added, “It cuts very well with the diamonds, which can be tricky with core buildups.” When Dr. Fabricant used Visalys CemCore to build a new core for a fractured post and core, he was able to provide a better chairside experience to his patient and successfully delay the patient’s need for an extraction and implant.
“Visalys CemCore was easy to use, worked very well, and made the procedure simple and straightforward,” concluded Dr. Rosenberg, who said he would purchase and recommend the product to colleagues. “It’s one of those products that you can use every day in many ways and it just fits right into your routine,” he added. Dr. Calvo called it “a great option with easy cleanup for nonzirconia restorations,” and Dr. Fabricant said, “This product worked very well. I will be switching.” Noting that Visalys CemCore was much improved over his previous material, Dr. Feick shared, “My patients were happy with the easily placed material since it meant their experience was going to be better too. This product lived up to its billing. I have decided to switch to it for good.”
• A versatile 2-in-1 solution for cementation of all restorations and for core buildups
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