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July 3, 2018

Cementation Simplification: Taking the Mystery Out of Doing Things Correctly

By David S. Hornbrook, DDS
Commercial Supporter: BISCO, Inc.

There is more than one option to predictably cement an indirect restoration. Although adhesive cementation is the preferred method, often, due to difficulty is isolation, luting a restoration is preferable to adhesive bonding. This is especially true if the restoration is a high-strength ceramic or metal-supported and the preparation has adequate retention. This article reviews the types of materials available and provides recommended cementation protocols for different restorations.


  • Discuss the ideal adhesive cementation protocol for anterior all-ceramic crowns and veneers.

  • Review how dentinal adhesive agents have changed to reduce sensitivity and maximize predictability.

  • Review how to achieve optimal adhesive for various restorative materials.

  • Describe cementation options for posterior teeth, including adhesive bonding and the new bioactive luting cements.

About the Author

David S. Hornbook, DDS, Private Practice, San Diego, California

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