Kettenbach’s Panasil given high marks in the benchmark by Catapult Group



Huntington Beach, CA  9.4.12  – 88 percent of those surveyed rated Panasil equal to or better for overall quality than the impression material they currently use and 57 percent found it better. This was the result of Catapult’s benchmark test for “Panasil initial contact” made by the dental and medical specialist Kettenbach GmbH & Co. KG ( The precision impression material was subjected to thorough testing and impressed with properties such as strong hydrophilicity, high precision and dimensional stability.

“Panasil initial contact” is an addition-curing, elastomeric, poly-vinyl siloxane precision impression material. The low to very low viscosity materials of this product family offer precise results using the two-step impression technique or the one-step double-mix technique. The products are available in various viscosities for different requirements.

Addition-curing impression materials achieve the highest degree of precision and dimension stability of all available dental impression materials and have an extremely low linear dimensional change of -0.04% in 24 hours. These advantages were also confirmed in the recently completed Panasil test by Catapult. More than fifty dentists regularly test and evaluate proven and new products. These tests make it possible to determine innovation, suitability for dental practices and potential for optimisation.

Precision meets perfection
Panasil was given unusually high ratings by the experts. 86 percent of the testers stated that they were considering using the product in their practices. The versatility of the Panasil family provides an appropriate material for nearly every dentist, be it high, medium or low viscosity, normal or fast setting or for manual or mechanical processing. Every version that was selected impressed the testers with the very high initial hydrophilicity. For an impression material, it is important not only to wet the surface of the tooth, but also to displace fluids such as blood or saliva from the preparation margins.

Panasil was also given good marks for high precision. Precise impressions are needed especially for the popular, but frequently breakage-prone ceramic restorations to achieve a good internal fit with an even distribution of tension. Panasil fully complies with this criterion.

In short – the test results show that the Panasil family covers most requirements of dentists in clinical practice and should be considered when selecting a new impression material.

About Kettenbach LP
Kettenbach LP is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Kettenbach GmbH & Co. KG located in Eschenburg, Germany. Founded by August Kettenbach in 1944, Kettenbach GmbH was created for the development and marketing of medical and dental products. Today, the company is one of the leading international producers of impression materials for dental use and is also known in other surgical areas of medicine. For more information about Kettenbach LP products, please call 877-KEBA-123 or visit