Dental cements are used with a wide range of dental and orthodontic applications. They are widely used for temporary restoration of teeth, cavity linings, sedation or insulation and cementing fixed prosthodontic appliances.

The dental cement of today can be traced as far back as the mid-1850’s. Whilst materials were limited back then, the general result is the same, and today we have access to much better resources.

The most commonly used dental cements can be classified by their chemical compositions:

Conventional Cements

  • - Zinc phosphate cements
  • - Polycarboxylate cements
  • - Glass ionomer cements

Hybrid Cements

  • - Resin-modified glass ionomer cements
  • - Compomer cements

Composite Resin Cements

  • - Adhesive resin cements
  • - Self-adhesive resin cements

All dental cements have their advantages, causing dentists to carefully consider which type is most suitable for every individual case and person. This can depend on the material and substrate that is being bonded. Cements should be easy to use and excel in adhesion, mechanical properties, long-term stability, aesthetics and biocompatibility.

Resin cements are available in adhesive and self-adhesive formulas. The adhesive version of resin cement requires a pre-treatment of the tooth’s surface with a different adhesive. Whilst the self-adhesive resin cement does not require a separate adhesive application. Instead, it works to dispense in an acidic state which penetrates the tooth and reaches a neutral pH level after curing.

If you’re looking for a temporary dental cement to use in the comfort of your own home, we can help. At Gap Dental, we can provide Dr Denti Refit, a temporary dental cement for fixing dental caps, bridges, crowns, veneers inlays and onlays. Take a look at the instructions for use here.

For more information or to talk to a member of the team, don’t hesitate to get in touch via our contact page or by calling us on 01474 560618.