Alginate is one of the most commonly used materials in dental surgeries. It is used to make dental impressions and for a series of everyday activities in every specialist area of dental care: restorative, prostheses, implantology, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry (paedodontics).
Over recent years, alginate has undergone some major developments in terms of research and innovation, with a considerable increase in the quality of performance, precision and reliability of this material, which has always been a staple in any dental practice.
Pioneers of this development, Zhermack is an international company and the number one alginates manufacturer in the world and leaders in the production of dental impression materials.
Researchers at Zhermack – thanks to a corporate policy for the ongoing improvement of its production processes and the perfection of formulas, conducted by an in-house R&D department – have given rise to a comprehensive line of alginates for dental use. These materials are easy to apply and stand out for a level of precision and flexibility of use unheard of until a few years ago, to suit the needs of the most demanding dentists.
Dental alginate based materials used for impressions have proven to be among the most popular on the market. Easy to handle, flexible and accurate, they require very simple equipment.
Alginate commonly comes in the form of powder. When used, it is mixed with a specific quantity of water, giving rise to a mixture that is inserted into the impression tray and used to take a “cast” of the patient’s teeth. Once inside the patient’s mouth, alginate is transformed into an even mass.
Zhermack alginates have specific characteristics depending on the particular intended application. All affording maximum elasticity and resistance, these alginates vary in terms of:
- working time
- dimensional stability
- chromatic variation
Every Zhermack alginate contains natural food-grade substances, which make it possible to minimise allergic reactions in patients and allow the dentist to work in complete safety, thanks also to the cycle of scrupulous internal checks that the company conducts, first on the processed and semi-processed raw materials, and then on the finished products, to certify their reliability and superior quality.