3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Esthetic Plus Zirconia

Photo The Lava™ All-Ceramic System from 3M ESPE™ encompasses a CAD/CAM procedure for the creation of all-ceramic crowns and bridges for anterior and posterior applications. The framework ceramic consists of zirconia with a specially designed overlying veneer ceramic. The frameworks are made using CAD/CAM procedures (scanning, computer-aided framework design and milling) from pre-sintered zirconia blanks. The system produces high-strength restorations with excellent fit. The size of the final restoration has been increased to compensate for shrinkage during sintering.


Key characteristics:

  • Monolithic
  • 1200 MPa
  • 12 shades
  • High stain resistance
  • Biocompatible
  • Excellent long-term aesthetics
  • Due to the low thermal conductivity of the ceramic, there is no sensitivity to temperature variation

Considerations:

  • Excellent long-term aesthetics
  • Due to the low thermal conductivity of the ceramic, there is no sensitivity to temperature variation

Restoration Full crowns, 3-4 unit bridges, Long-span bridges, Curved bridges (up to 48mm)
Aesthetics
Strength
Anteriors Yes
Posteriors Yes
Bridges Yes
In-lab days Posterior: 7
Anterior: 10
Process CAD/CAM designed and manufactured
Margins Shoulder/Chamfer (0.3-0.5 mm)
Span/
Ingot size
4 units (anterior)
3 units (posterior)
Warranty 5 year warranty