ST. PAUL, Minn. – (October 7, 2011) – 3M ESPE introduces Lava™ Ultimate CAD/CAM Restorative, a unique new CAD/CAM material with long-lasting esthetics and performance. Based on 3M ESPE's renowned nanotechnology, Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM restorative offers a polish that lasts, and backs it up with a 10-year warranty—something no other chairside block can match.
This new class of CAD/CAM material provides a fast, no-firing process that is easy to mill, helping dentists maximize the productivity of their in-office restorative systems. The unique restorative offers a functionality that other chairside materials cannot: Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM is resilient, not brittle, and is incredibly durable and shock absorbent. A few minutes of polishing are all that is necessary to achieve an enamel-like luster. The material also allows dentists to easily make adjustments, as well as build-up and reseal restorations. Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM restorative will be offered in eight shades, four of which include both high and low translucencies, giving dentists the choices they need to create natural-looking restorations.
This new material builds upon two of 3M’s core technology platforms: ceramics and nanotechnology. Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM restorative 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.
“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,” said Mark Gates, vice president of sales and marketing, 3M ESPE. “Our confidence in this material is evidenced by our 10 year warranty, so dentists can also feel confident using it in practice.”
Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM restorative is indicated for a full range of permanent adhesive, single-unit restorations including crowns, onlays, inlays and veneers. Additionally, the material is ideally suited for implant supported restorations because of its high flexural strength and low wear. Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM restorative reduces stress to the implant, and dentists can adjust the material for occlusion with additive and subtractive techniques.
With enamel-like beauty, ease of use, and guaranteed 10-year durability, Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM restorative gives dentists an outstanding new way to maximize their CAD/CAM systems while offering patients a beautiful and durable restoration. Finished restorations are also available to dentists and labs through Straumann CARES® Digital Solutions, and the material will be available in 2012 to Lava Milling Centers.
For more information, visit www.3MESPE.com/LavaUltimate or call 1-800-634-2249.
3M ESPE manufactures and markets more than 2,000 products and services 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. The recently created 3M Digital Oral Care Department, part of the 3M ESPE Division, aims to accelerate and strengthen 3M’s efforts to lead the digital transformation that is occurring in oral care. For more information on the complete 3M ESPE line of dental products visit the 3M ESPE Web site at www.3MESPE.com <http://www.3MESPE.com> 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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