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New 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia Enables Unprecedented Beauty

Zirconia block offers outstanding all-zirconia esthetics

ST. PAUL, Minn. — (May 1, 2012) — 3M ESPE introduces Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia, a new zirconia CAD/CAM system especially designed to deliver the esthetics of a layered restoration from all-zirconia that allows dentists to create true restorative masterpieces. Compared to other shaded zirconia materials, the unique formula of the Lava Plus zirconia system provides significantly higher translucency and beauty, without compromising strength. Created with special chemistry and processing, Lava Plus all-zirconia material provides strength and resists chipping, and with its patented shading technology, the Lava Plus zirconia system enables highly esthetic all-zirconia or traditional layered restorations. With the esthetic improvements offered by the Lava Plus zirconia system, one-piece all-zirconia restorations are becoming an attractive and affordable alternative to PFM or full cast metal restorations.

The outstanding esthetics of the zirconia block allows natural, warm colors to shine from the inside of dental crowns and dental bridges. With the patented shading system of Lava Plus zirconia, you can offer your patients endless options for custom shading and unparalleled individualization - which helps to maintain the translucency of the restoration. With 18 colors and eight Lava™ Plus Effect Shades, this zirconia block system gives dentists options for unparalleled individualization. Customization of the zirconia block is also made more predictable, as Lava Plus is the only CAD/CAM zirconia system that matches the VITA® Classical A1-D4 shades, including the bleached shades. It is also the only available zirconia block system that features direct conversion to the most common VITA SYSTEM 3D-MASTER® Shades.

In addition to outstanding esthetics, the Lava Plus zirconia system maintains the strength for which zirconia is prized. Without a porcelain overlay, one-piece restorations made with the all-zirconia block are very strong and are not exposed to chipping. Scientific data also proves that Lava all-zirconia has antagonist preserving wear properties and is not abraded or roughened under occlusal load.

The Lava Plus zirconia block system’s ease of use extends from its preparation requirements, to adjustments, to cementation. The Lava Plus zirconia system makes it easy to respect important tooth-preserving preparation guidelines, as the zirconia block can be milled with as little as 0.3 mm minimum wall thickness for anterior single unit restorations and 0.5mm minimum wall thickness for posterior restorations. This zirconia block material requires three times less occlusal preparation than lithium disilicate glass ceramic because of its three times greater strength.1 Furthermore, adjustments are made easy. If minor intra-oral adjustments to the zirconia block are necessary, dentists can use a fine diamond bur with water-cooling and continue with a standard rubber polisher set for ceramic materials. For the mandatory high-shine polishing finish, a diamond polishing paste and a suitable polishing brush are all that is necessary.

Finally, cementation is also simplified for the Lava Plus zirconia block. Due to their outstanding strength, Lava Plus zirconia restorations can be cemented using either an adhesive resin dental cement, such as RelyX™ Ultimate Adhesive Resin Cement (which is ideally suited for CAD/CAM or glass ceramic restorations) or a self-adhesive resin dental cement like RelyX™ Unicem 2 Self-Adhesive Resin Cement. With unprecedented esthetics, high strength and ease of use, the Lava Plus zirconia system is redefining the possibilities of delivering the beauty of a layered restoration in all-zirconia.

For more information about the Lava Plus zirconia system, visit or call 3M ESPE Customer Care at (800)-634-2249.


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3M ESPE is a dental product manufacturer that markets more than 2,000 dental products and services. 3M ESPE dental products are designed to help dental professionals improve their patients' oral health care. 3M Health Care, one of 3M’s six major business segments, provides world-class innovative products and services to help health care professionals improve the practice and delivery of patient care in medical, oral care, drug delivery and health information markets. For more information on the complete 3M ESPE line of dental products, visit the 3M ESPE website at or call the 3M ESPE Technical Hotline at 1-800-634-2249. Products are available for purchase through authorized 3M ESPE distributors.

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