A Game Changing Invention

In many cases it’s not just a product itself, but also its technique sensitivity, that can make or break its success in the operatory. Take glass ionomers, for instance. As dentists and their assistants probably know, the traditional technique for the leading glass ionomer capsule would have judges describing it as a “high degree of difficulty.”  With so many steps in the process it’s no wonder why as many as 1 in 5 of the leading GI capsules turn out to be duds, a factor that can make fans of the material question its usefulness.

While not all dentists regularly use glass ionomers, those who do can understand the unique properties of these materials. Glass ionomers are biocompatible, moisture-friendly, and bond themselves to tooth structure. Perhaps most importantly, they release fluoride, making them especially popular in pediatric and geriatric practices. Data shows that children between the ages of 2 and 11 have a caries prevalence of 41 percent in their primary dentition.[i] On the geriatric side, Dr. Gordon Christensen has pointed out that today’s dental patients are living to about 80 years, and “the need for caries-preventive restorative materials in these patients…is evident.”[ii]

Knowing that glass ionomers play an important role in the practices that use them, our team at 3M ESPE set out to create a better delivery system for our product, Ketac™ Nano Light-Curing Glass Ionomer Restorative. The new Quick Mix Capsule – with no trituration required – represents a much-needed replacement for the traditional delivery system. We believe it will help make glass ionomers much simpler and faster to use. I know that you’ll see the improvement, and if you don’t, I want to hear about it.

i Glick M. A job well done, but still a long way to go. J Am Dent Assoc. 2005 Nov; 136(11): 1506, 1508.

ii Christensen GJ. The need for caries-preventive restorative materials. J Am Dent Assoc. 2000 Sep; 131(9): 1347-9.

Ketac Nano Light-Curing Glass Ionomer Restorative in the Quick Mix Capsule


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