How many products actually really and truly changed dentistry? There is a Mount Rushmore of those products, and Kuraray has one of the: the MDP Monomer. That’s right—ol’ 10-Methacryloyloxydecyl dihydrogen phosphate. Kuraray invented it in 1981 and used it as the secret sauce behind such amazing products as Panavia cements and Clearfil adhesives. Powered by the MDP Monomer, these products became best in class. Kuraray still utilizes that MDP Monomer today. Had I invented the MDP Monomer, I would kick back and rest on my laurels. I’d be name-dropping that MDP every chance I got. Thankfully, Kuraray isn’t looking to float on that success. They just keep innovating. Between key improvements to Clearfil and Panavia, and tremendous zirconias, Kuraray Noritake keeps upping the game. Clearfil Majesty ES-2 is their newest innovation, and it’s a great one.
Clearfil Majesty ES-2 is a one-shade universal composite that yields stunning results. We’ve seen a few single-shade universal composites over the past few years, and Clearfil Majesty ES-2 executes this concept more efficiently and with better results than many of the others. The bottom-line advantage of these one-shade systems is the simplified, efficient procedure. With NO NEED for a blocker or opaquer, Clearfil Majesty ES-2 means fewer steps, less inventory management, and fewer headaches.
The secret sauce behind Clearfil Majesty ES-2 lies within the LDT—light diffusion technology. This makes your Clearfil Majesty ES-2 restoration diffuse light in a manner similar to what tooth structure does. As a result, the material integrates easily and smoothly into the surrounding tooth structure and preparation margins become virtually invisible, especially with enamel bevels. This makes Clearfil Majesty ES-2 a no-brainer for common posterior resin composite restorations.
The physical characteristics of Clearfil Majesty ES-2 are great as well. At 118 MPa of flexural strength and a 78% filler load, Clearfil Majesty ES-2 has brawn to go along with that single-shade beauty. It can be cured in increments of 2 mm and should be used anywhere in the posterior region. It certainly can be used in the anterior, but shade results will depend on the size and translucency of the tooth.
From a simplicity and efficiency standpoint, Clearfil Majesty ES-2 is amazing. Factor that into just how good this dang stuff looks, and it’s even more amazing. If you are going to choose a single-shade composite for your posterior restorations, this is best choice. Double to the right field corner for Kuraray!
Joshua Austin, DDS, FAGD, FACD, writes the Pearls for Your Practice column in Dental Economics. After graduating from the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School, Dr. Austin associated for several years. In October of 2009, he opened a solo general practice in a suburban area of San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Austin is involved in all levels of organized dentistry and can be reached at [email protected].