Lava Ultimate Restorative

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 09/12/2012
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Lava Ultimate Restorative

Lava Ultimate, summed up in 3 words: fast, tough, and easy.

3M ESPE brings together the best of both worlds with Lava Ultimate Restorative. Using its revolutionary nanoceramic technology, 3M ESPE has created a new material called a Resin Nano Ceramic. Like a composite, the material is fracture resistant; like a glass ceramic, it has excellent polish retention for long-term esthetics. The true nanotechnology behind Lava Ultimate provides clinicians with exceptional durability, excellent polish retention, and less wear to opposing enamel than glass ceramics.

According to 3M ESPE, Lava Ultimate brings new meaning to the phrase ?chairside productivity.? Because the material is highly heat cured through 3M ESPE?s controlled, proprietary manufacturing process, there is no need to fire after milling.
3M ESPE describes Lava Ultimate Restorative as less brittle than other similar restorative materials, offering greater fracture resistance at the try-in stage. In addition, it is easy to make adjustments to restorations without weakening the material. The Lava Ultimate finishing step can be quickly accomplished without any post-firing required. No hydrofluoric acid etching is needed, and sandblasting is recommended. Finally, Lava Ultimate works well with self-adhesive and adhesive resin cements. For strength and performance, 3M ESPE recommends RelyX Ultimate Adhesive Resin Cement paired with Scotchbond Universal Adhesive.

The ideal CAD/CAM restorative material should have a high flexural strength and a low flexural modulus. When a restorative material meets both of these criteria, the result is resilience and long-term performance.
In studies to measure the flexural strength and flexural modulus of Lava Ultimate, it was determined that flexural strength of the material is statistically higher than comparative materials. In addition, the flexural modulus of Lava Ultimate is similar to the values of human dentin