HOUSTON, TEXAS, February 2, 2015 — Leading crown manufacturer NuSmile, Ltd. today announced the launch of BioCem Universal BioActive Cement, its first product designed for use with custom-fabricated zirconia and glass ceramic restorations.
“Over the years, our discussions with dentists made it clear to us that they needed, and their patients deserved, a luting cement that provides not just impressive bond strength, but advanced biological properties as well,” said Diane Johnson Krueger, NuSmile president and CEO. “After years of intensive product development and testing, we are proud to say that this is exactly what BioCem delivers.”
According to Mark Binford, NuSmile’s senior vice president for new product development, “BioCem forms a superior bond between dentin and zirconia, lithium silicates and disilicates, or leucite glass ceramic materials. Moreover, it actively mimics, and is available to replenish, the physical and chemical properties of the natural tooth and surrounding structures.” Importantly, he adds, BioCem also features a unique shock-absorbing rubberized resin component, making it much tougher than traditional cements.
Independent university studies confirm BioCem’s impressive bond strength when cementing either zirconia or ceramic restorations to dentin. Additional studies have proven that BioCem forms hydroxyapatite, which is available to integrate with and replenish tooth structure—something that even the most advanced resin and resin-modified glass ionomer cements cannot do. BioCem also releases phosphate, calcium and fluoride ions into the oral environment. Mr. Binford stresses that BioCem exhibits properties that are superior even when compared to the newest calcium aluminate–based, hydroxyapatite-forming cements. As he points out, these 2 first-generation bioactive cements can be wasteful and difficult to handle, and they release neither fluoride nor phosphates. BioCem, in contrast, has been formulated and packaged into a convenient, simple-to-use, low-waste delivery system. Additionally, it is not necessary to prime the tooth or zirconia restorations. As a result, BioCem delivers exceptional convenience as well as time and cost savings.
“We are very proud of the benefits BioCem brings to dental practices and their patients,” says Ms. Krueger. “We feel that its superior bond strength in the most popular anterior and posterior full-coverage esthetic restorations, coupled with its unsurpassed biological benefits, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness, truly makes it the ultimate universal cement.”
Additional information about BioCem can be found at www.nusmile.com/biocem.