Shatkin F.I.R.S.T. Resin Cement

Good morning and welcome to the Shatkin F.I.R.S.T.® Monday morning minute.

Hi, I’m Dr. Todd Shatkin and welcome to this Monday Morning Minute. Today I want to talk to you about our Shatkin F.I.R.S.T.® Resin cement. This resin cement is a wonderful, wonderful product. It’s a self curing resin cement. It is not light cured, which means the light will not make it set up any faster. Okay? It’s a self cure cement. And the reason I chose a self curing resin cement for my implant work many years ago is because it goes through a rubbery stage at about 80 seconds, where it’s very easy to clean the cement off of the restoration and around the implants. If it was a light curing cement and you cured it with a light, it would be very hard to clean off. And this makes it very easy to clean.

I have been using this cement for almost 20 years. It’s tried and true and proven. It works great. In fact, I use it for all my crown and bridge work, not just the mini implant work. I use it for my single crowns, multiple crowns, bridges, roundhouses, and, of course, all of my mini implant dental work. Now, it’s very easy to use.

It’s a double barrel cartridge auto mixing syringe. All you do is take the cap off and put your mixing tip on just like that. Now, make sure when it’s a brand new tube that you dispense a little bit in the beginning just to get it going so we know that it’s mixing. So dispense a little bit, then you’re good to go. Now, what you want to do with this is you want to put just a little bit of cement on the ball on top of the implant and then fill the hole in the crowns about three quarters of the way. Then you simply seat the crown, have the patient bite together, and cement the crown or bridge.

I recommend having the patient bite together without gauze. Just have them bite together normally and hold the crown in place with your finger if it’s a single tooth. That way you’ve got the occlusion right. You’re sure that they’re biting all the way. Sometimes if you put gauze in there, it can deflect the crown or bridge so that it’s not seating exactly right. Of course, you want to try the crowns in before you do any cementation.

Check the occlusion, check the aesthetics, check everything, and make sure the crown or bridge is seating all the way to the soft tissue so there’s no gaps at that 60 to 82nd mark. The cement will go through that rubbery stage, and that’s where you peel off the excess cement and clean it really well.

Now, the other thing we use the resin cement for is to pick up your housings in a fix on six restoration. We don’t use it for the dentures, the denture reline. We use the pink resin reline material that we’ve talked about in the past. But for the fix on six, you don’t want to use pink. You don’t want any of that pink to show through the porcelain. So use this white shack and first resin cement to pick up those housings in the Roundhouse bridge. And the way you do that is simply fill the holes in the bridge, make sure the housings obviously are on the implants, and seat the bridge in and have the patient bite together just like we do for any other crown and bridge work. After about three minutes, you’ll pull the bridge off and the housings will be in the fix on six.

Once you’ve done that, simply take a small burr and remove any excess cement from around the housings and then reinsert the bridge onto the implants and you’re good to go. So the resident cement has a lot of different uses. Like I said, to recap, I use this for all my crown and bridge work, for single teeth, multiple teeth, bridges, roundhouses, and all my mini implant work, as well as picking up the housings on the fix on six restoration. I hope this Monday Morning Minute was helpful to you, and I look forward to seeing you next Monday.