3M Introduces New Product to Simplify Aesthetics for Dentists and Labs

Posted: April 17, 2017

NEW - 3M™ Lava™ Esthetic Fluorescent Full-Contour Zirconia

Edited by Dentaltown staff

ST. PAUL‚ Minn.—3M has introduced a new product, Lava Esthetic Fluorescent Full-Contour Zirconia. The product features a unique, built-in color technology delivering what the company says is an excellent shade match.

“Finally, an indirect restorative that does not compromise aesthetics while providing high strength,” said David Hornbrook, DDS, FAACD, FACE, FASDA. “With Lava Esthetic Zirconia, we can optimize strength, fit, and translucency and since it is designed and milled in the dental laboratory, we achieve ideal contours, occlusion, and marginal integrity. With its fluorescence properties, Lava Esthetic interacts with light like natural teeth.”

Lava Esthetic zirconia delivers optimized translucency for aesthetic full-contour crowns and three-unit bridges* at a strength of 800 MPa**—higher than that of glass ceramics and other cubic zirconia materials. At the same time, a 2016 study has shown that restorations made of Lava Esthetic zirconia are wear-friendly against opposing enamel. 

“Lava Esthetic is the first zirconia to have toothlike fluorescence built into the material itself. This results in a restoration that looks like a natural tooth in any light,” said 3M Oral Care Director of National Accounts Jim Buchanan. “Combined with an excellent shade match and high translucency, patients can now expect a highly esthetic, more natural looking restoration.”

The pre-shaded discs have an integral color gradient to deliver natural-looking shading from enamel to dentin and a true color match to the VITA Classic shades Bleach, A1, A2, A3, A3.5, B1, C1 and D2. The material is available in 98mm disc with step format in 14mm, 18mm and 22mm heights. 

For more information, visit 3m.com/lavaesthetic.

*Refer to the instructions for use and details. 
**3-point bending strength according to ISO 6872:2015; qualified for Type II, class 4; indications: crowns, bridges with one pontic between two crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers.



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