Cementation confusion occurs when the realities of complex dental treatment cannot be resolved by a ‘one size fits all’ cement or solution. As with most situations in dentistry, the quality of dental materials can have a huge impact on the ease, simplicity, and success of a case. That’s why versatility and specificity are paramount. 


Each new patient in your office can present with completely different issues – sensitivity, the need for shade matching, etc. This means you may need to consider more advanced materials to meet necessary outcomes for a variety of circumstances. It’s critical to be completely prepared for potential issues such as de-bonding or, better yet, prevent them from happening in the first place.

Check out these three cementation tips for streamlining and enhancing your materials and methods:

1. Get Educated & Informed: Take an online Viva Learning course hosted by talented, nationally recognized educator Dr. Lee Ann Brady. You’ll receive one free CE credit from the webinar, titled ‘Are You Suffering From Cementation Confusion?’ and get the low down on restorative materials. The informative lesson also covers how cementation steps can make or break a case.

2. Review Foundational Concepts: Watch our cementation education video on ‘5 minutes to a Cure’ to learn about different types of cementation and when to use each of them in your dental practice. You’ll learn about conventional cement, self-adhesive, and adhesive, as well as guidance process for choosing the correct materials for each case. 

3. Take Advantage of Excellent Materials: Choosing ideal product combinations can improve your cementation results. You can select your preference from multiple Ivoclar products like IPS e.max Lithium Disilicate and Variolink Esthetic. We’ve already done the work of figuring out which materials function best together. All you have to do is try out and explore your favorites.

We’ve also developed a Cementation Navigation System perfect for matching you with the best materials for your clinical case and a detailed tutorial on how to use them.

Explore more engaging resources and find all of the answers to your cementation needs by visiting our Cementation Confusion page.