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3M ESPE launches Lava Ultimate

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3M ESPE has launched new Lava Ultimate for the CEREC and E4D chairside restorative systems, a unique new CAD/CAM material with long-lasting aesthetics 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 maximize productivity. The unique restorative offers a functionality that other chairside materials cannot: Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM is resilient, non-brittle and 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, with Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM restorative 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.

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.

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