3M ESPE introduces new CAD/CAM material

3M ESPE has developed a new CAD/CAM material that provides a fast, no-firing process that is easy to mill and yields long-lasting aesthetic restorations, according to the company.

Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM is formulated from a blend of approximately 80% nanoceramic particles embedded in a highly cured resin matrix using a 3M proprietary manufacturing process. The result is a unique, patented material that maintains a brilliant, long-lasting polish, the company said.

Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM is resilient, not brittle, and incredibly durable and shock-absorbent, according to the 3M ESPE. It also allows dentists to easily make adjustments, as well as build up and reseal restorations.

"This material saves dental professionals time in two ways: by providing a faster milling time and by eliminating the need for an additional firing step," stated Mark Gates, vice president of sales and marketing for 3M ESPE, in a press release. "Our confidence in this material is evidenced by our 10-year warranty."

Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM restorative will be offered in eight shades, four of which include both high and low translucencies. It is indicated for a full range of permanent adhesive, single-unit restorations, including crowns, onlays, inlays, and veneers.

The material is also suited for implant-supported restorations because of its high flexural strength and low wear, the company noted. It reduces stress to the implant, and dentists can adjust the material for occlusion with additive and subtractive techniques.

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