Product Review: G-Cem LinkForce dual-cure adhesive resin cement

Ever been overwhelmed by the variety of cements in your office? Remembering which cement to use for each restoration can be a challenge. According to Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, G-Cem LinkForce, a new dual-cure adhesive resin cement from GC America, might offer a solution.

Oct 24th, 2016
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Ever been overwhelmed by the variety of cements in your office? Remembering which cement to use for each restoration can be a challenge. According to Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, G-Cem LinkForce, a new dual-cure adhesive resin cement from GC America, might offer a solution.

How many cements do you have in your office? What if all of your cementing needs could be met with only one cement? Dare to dream, right? I have more cements in my office than I care to talk about—self-adhesive resins, glass ionomers, resin-reinforced glass ionomers, dual-cure resin cements, and an array of temporary and implant cements! It can be overwhelming to remember which cement goes with each restoration, and it is costly to have a cement for each restorative situation.

There are so many materials that we can use for our indirect restorations: lithium disilicate, zirconia, milled resin, ceramic-reinforced resin, metal, milled, pressed, CAD/CAM . . . the list is endless! To make our choices more confusing, each material must be handled appropriately and individually for the best long-term results.

I was able to get my hands on GC America’s new dual-cure adhesive resin cement, G-Cem LinkForce. It is a universal cement, suitable for permanent cementation of tooth-supported restorations, including inlays, onlays, crowns and bridges (lithium disilicate, zirconia, hybrid ceramics, and metal-based), and veneers (composite or ceramic). Its indications also include metal, ceramic, fiber posts, and cast post and cores. In addition, this cement is indicated for permanent cementation of implant-supported crowns and bridges.

G-Cem LinkForce is not just a cement—it is part of an adhesion system comprised of three base elements:

1. G-Premio Bond—This universal bonding agent bonds to teeth, metal abutments, and composite core buildups. G-Premio Bond Dual Cure Activator (DCA) is used with G-Premio Bond in one of the bonding steps. DCA offers the clinician the flexibility to choose between self curing, dual curing, or visible light curing.
2. G-Multi Primer—This primer ensures a stable adhesion to restorations.
3. G-Cem LinkForce—This cement provides a strong bond for your indirect restorations.

I’ve had the opportunity to use this cement, and I will say that it is very user friendly. As with other cementation systems, I keep the directions handy when cementing my restorations to ensure that I am properly handling all of the materials per the manufacturer recommendations. There are four available shades, including Bleach, Opaque, Translucent, and A2, and try-in pastes are available that correspond to the cement shades. This material has a fluorescence similar to tooth structure, and I have not experienced any negative impact on the optical properties of my crowns after cementation. Cleanup is simple, and so far, I have had a very positive experience with G-Cem LinkForce.

G-Cem LinkForce will hit the market this month. I believe that this cementation system offers a lot of flexibility for dentists who would like to have one cementation system for numerous applications, including esthetic restorations, in their practice.

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Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is an editorial director for Pearls for Your Practice: The Product Navigator, an e-newsletter from DentistryIQ and Dental Economics. She was a dental hygienist before earning her DMD from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and her certificate in advanced prosthodontics from the UCLA School of Dentistry. She teaches, and she maintains a private practice in Salem, Massachusetts. In 2010 her practice was named the Adult Preventive Care Practice of the Year by the American Dental Association.


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