Dental Tribune Middle East & Africa

3M Gulf Ltd. – Middle East

3M is a global innovation company that never stops inventing. Over the years, our innovations have improved daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world. We have made driving at night easier, made buildings safer, and made consumer electronics lighter, less energy-intensive and less harmful to the environment. We even helped put a man on the moon. Every day at 3M, one idea always leads to the next, igniting momentum to make progress possible around the world.

As a company with more than 85,000 employees and operations in more than 70 countries worldwide 3M creates uncommon connections with access to multiple 3M technologies. No company can match the breadth and depth of 3M’s more than 40 technology platforms in as many combinations, for as many purposes across as many geographies. With more than 55,000 products, 3M continues to demonstrate an uncanny ability to combine highly innovative technologies in new and unexpected ways.

Our Promise
You and 3M ESPE share a common goal. Like you, we’re committed to improving dental care and to finding easier and better solutions for your patients. We know that it’s one thing to develop a dental product with promise, but it’s yet another to consistently develop a dental product that lives up to its promise. At 3M ESPE, our team strives to make sure that our performance matches our promise.

Innovation
3M ESPE has a worldwide reputation for bringing exciting new ideas to dentistry. Our wide range of dental products and supplies includes restorative, crown and bridge, implants, preventive, infection control and cosmetic dentistry. In addition, we integrate advanced digital technology and materials science through CAD/CAM dentistry and digital impressions. 3M ESPE has brought a number of amazing firsts to the dental industry, including the first-ever tooth-colored restorative material, the first self-adhesive universal resin cement, the first nano ionomer, the first malleable, preformed temporary crown and the first automated mixing of impression materials.

The varied range of products offered by 3M ESPE is the result of the latest findings and the newest materials: composites such as the 3M™ ESPE Z100 composite have been setting the standard with regard to mechanical stability and wear resistance since their launch in 1992.

In 2002, 3M ESPE launched Filtek™ Supreme restorative. This was the first product that utilized nanotechnology to provide the esthetics of a microfill and the strength of a hybrid. All of the filler particles in this novel composite are engineered nanoparticles. This technology provided lasting polish, excellent handling and wear similar to enamel. Subsequently, as a result of feedback from dentists, Filtek™ Supreme XT Universal Restorative was launched in 2005. The shades were optimized to provide more vibrant, lifelike restorations as a result of increasing the value or brightness of the shades.

Since the original introduction of Filtek™ Supreme restorative, 3M ESPE has continued discussions with opinion leaders and general dentists regarding potential improvements desired. Based on these discussions, focus groups and other market research methods, additional improvements are realized with the introduction of Filtek™ Z350XT Universal Restorative.

3M™ ESPE™ Filtek™ Z350XT Universal Restorative significantly advanced the clinical performance of universal composites. Filtek™ Z350XT Universal Restorative is based on a patented process that leads to unique clusters of nanometer-sized particles. These clusters shear at rate similar to the wear of the surrounding resin matrix during abrasion. This allows the restoration to maintain a smoother surface for long-term polish retention which has been proved to be superior to other composites and even microfills.

With over 400 million restorations globally (using Filtek™ Supreme Restorative line), Filtek™ Z350XT Universal Restorative is the ONE composite that can do it ALL. It’s beautiful enough for anterior restorations, but also strong enough for posterior restorations.

As a pioneering company in its field, 3M ESPE has always been committed to constantly developing fundamental innovations in impressioning. Basing developments on scientific data, 3M ESPE has been marketing the range of polyether impression materials for 40 years — with unrivalled success. In the pursuit of hole-free impressions 3M ESPE developed the Pentamix™ Automatic Mixing System for impression materials of a previously untold high quality. Easy to use, the automatic mixing function saves you time; at the touch of a button, it does its work whilst you get on with yours. Using only the exact amount of material you need, you reduce waste and, hence, costs.

Education
To help dentists stay ahead of the continual changes being made in materials and techniques, we also offer 3M ESPE educational programs, which deliver a broad range of reliable technical insights and clinical results to dental professionals worldwide.

Such programs allow for a two-way exchange of knowledge and information between clinical researchers, material scientists and you, the chairside professional. Our goal is to provide independent, objective information on the most recent innovations and trends in dentistry, the latest material developments and scientific research results. Equally critical, it’s a forum for sharing how things work in your everyday world. Experienced specialists esteemed for their proficiency in theory and practice are regularly invited to solicit insights on the business from both dentists and 3M ESPE people.

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