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Several products from Kuraray Noritake Dental recently received Top Product or Preferred Product Awards from the US-based magazine DENTAL ADVISOR. (Image: Kuraray Noritake Dental)

Kuraray Noritake Dental wins big at DENTAL ADVISOR’s Awards

By Kuraray Noritake Dental
July 06, 2021

HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: Since there are so many different dental adhesives, cements and restorative materials available, it can be difficult to decide which products are best suited to fulfilling individual requirements. A direct comparison obtained by testing all products is impossible owing to the great number of available solutions. Laboratory investigations provide information about specific product properties, but usually cannot give the overall picture.

Clinical study results, however, are very useful as they shed light on the clinical (long-term) performance of selected materials, but they are usually published years after a product’s launch. A great source of this information is practice-based evaluations, as they support potential users in identifying high-quality dental materials.

One of the institutions conducting and publishing practice-based clinical evaluations and product performance tests is the US-based DENTAL ADVISOR. Once a year, the best-performing dental materials and equipment receive a Top Product or Preferred Product Award, and the list of winners is published online and in the January/February issue of the magazine DENTAL ADVISOR. In 2021, numerous products from Kuraray Noritake Dental were among the award winners.

Top Product Awards

CLEARFIL SE Protect received a Top Product Award in the Direct Restoratives, Bonding Agent: Self-Etch category. The self-etch adhesive is based on the formulation of the gold standard two-step self-etch adhesive CLEARFIL SE BOND but contains an extra MDPB monomer, offering an antibacterial cavity-cleansing effect and fluoride for long-term fluoride release. The award is based on a material test carried out by 13 DENTAL ADVISOR consultants and editors in their dental offices for six weeks. Owing to its excellent performance, CLEARFIL SE Protect received a 98% clinical rating.

For the sixth year in a row, the Top Product Award in the Direct Restoratives, Composite: Highly Filled Flowable category went to CLEARFIL MAJESTY ES Flow.

The universal flowable composite that also became the Editor’s Choice comes in three different levels of flowability, from high to super low. This enables the user to choose the right viscosity for every clinical situation—with the high flowability variant being the perfect choice for cavity lining and as a resin coat in immediate dentine sealing procedures, and the super low flowability option being specifically suited for direct veneer procedures and even for build-up of posterior cusps. The universal flowable composite was tested by 29 DENTAL ADVISOR consultants in more than 900 clinical applications. The evaluated properties—placement/handling, aesthetics, viscosity and polishability—were rated “excellent”, leading to a recommendation rate of 100% and a 98% overall clinical rating.

A product that earned recognition from DENTAL ADVISOR for the seventh time is TEETHMATE DESENSITIZER. This Top Product Award winner was designed to create hydroxyapatite, which is able to occlude open dentinal tubules and enamel cracks. This leads to a significant reduction in hypersensitivity when applied to exposed, mechanically treated or freshly prepared dentine. When used in the context of restorative treatment, TEETHMATE DESENSITIZER does not have a negative effect on the bond strength of dental adhesives or cements. A six-month clinical evaluation conducted by DENTAL ADVISOR involving 27 patients with gingival recession-related hypersensitivity revealed that the use of the product is very effective in providing immediate and even long-term hypersensitivity relief. This resulted in an excellent clinical rating of 96%.

In the Self-Adhesive Cement category, an additional Top Product Award went to PANAVIA SA Cement Plus. The dual-cure self-adhesive resin cement stands out owing to its ease of use, favourable viscosity and an easy excess removal feature after tack-curing.

Preferred Product Awards

Among the 2021 Preferred Products to also received an Editor’s Choice label was PANAVIA SA Cement Universal. This self-adhesive universal resin cement contains the unique LCSi monomer. This monomer is a silane coupling agent, which has a unique long carbon chain in its molecule. This carbon chain establishes a durable chemical bond with porcelain, lithium disilicate and composite resin without the need for a separate silane-containing primer. The other key technology present in the formulation is the original MDP monomer, which ensures chemical reactiveness with zirconia, dentine and enamel. Together, the technologies ensure that PANAVIA SA Cement Universal produces a strong and durable bond with virtually every restorative material without the need for a separate primer. Its handling characteristics, aesthetics and gingival friendliness received very good to excellent ratings from 31 clinical evaluators, who used the cement in 516 applications. The result was an overall clinical rating of 96%.

CLEARFIL Universal Bond Quick was also honoured as a Preferred Product by the DENTAL ADVISOR consultants for the second consecutive year. The universal bonding agent may be applied using the self-etch technique or—together with K-ETCHANT syringe—in the selective enamel etch or total-etch technique. The fast and easy application procedure was one of the main reasons that the DENTAL ADVISOR consultants selected CLEARFIL Universal Bond Quick as a Preferred Product and Editor’s Choice with a clinical evaluation score of 98%.

Finally, CLEARFIL CERAMIC PRIMER PLUS repeated as a Preferred Product for the third year running, picking up an Editor’s Choice award too. It contains the original MDP monomer and a silane monomer, which ensure excellent bond strength to all kinds of restorative materials, that is to silica-based ceramics, zirconia, composites and even metals. In a clinical evaluation, the product received a recommendation rate of 96% and a 96% overall score from the DENTAL ADVISOR consultants.

Most of the Kuraray Noritake Dental products that received an award this year are based on resin technologies, one of the company's key competencies. In the 1980s, Kuraray developed the original MDP monomer, an essential component of many adhesive product it has introduced since including CLEARFIL SE Protect, PANAVIA SA Cement Universal, CLEARFIL Universal Bond Quick and CLEARFIL CERAMIC PRIMER PLUS. However, this is only one of Kuraray Noritake Dental’s many areas of expertise. They also offer preventive products and a whole range of restorative materials—from composite filling materials like CLEARFIL MAJESTY ES Flow to dental ceramics like KATANA Zirconia UTML, STML and HTML. The company sees these accolades as proof positive of reliable product performance that supports dental practitioners in reaching their goals.

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