Inside Dentistry
October 2009
Volume 5, Issue 9


A sampling of ceramic materials available to enhance esthetics and provide durable, biomimetic restorations.

Ceramics. Derived from the Greek word for “burnt earth,” these materials have eclipsed their origins in pottery and decorative tilework and established a secure place in the world of esthetic dental restorative materials. Here Inside Dentistry presents a sampling of products that are on the market for ceramic restorations. For more detailed information on these products, visit www.insidedentistry.net or any of the manufacturer Web sites listed on this page.

Sirona inLab

Sirona inLab does not limit its users to a proprietary material-offering, but offers a multitude of material-choices. Concentrating the expertise of the world’s leading material manufacturers into Sirona inLab makes it the most advantageous CAD/CAM technology available. For more information, call 800-659-5977 or visit www.sirona.com.


Lava Zirconia offers strength and longevity, excellent fit, and higher translucency and restoration esthetics relative to the leading competition. Lava Zirconia is a trusted, superior alternative to PFM replacement for all restorations. For more information, call 800-634-2249 or visit solutions.3m.com.

NobelProcera™ Crown Alumnia

NobelProcera™ Crown Alumina’s provides the most outstanding light transmission in the esthetic zone for optimal all-ceramic strength with excellent esthetics.

For more information, call 800-993-8100 or visit www.nobelbiocare.com.

VITA VM®: One Esthetic Porcelain System for Every Indication

VITA VM (veneering material) porcelains combine true enamel wear characteristics and incredibly lifelike esthetics. An effective and greatly simplified technique and an impressive array of modifiers and powders in VITA Classical and VITA 3D-Master-shades help provide an esthetically superior, long-lasting product. Prescribe VM7 with alumina substructures, VM9 with YZ substructures, and VM13 with metal substructures

For more information, call 800-828-3839 or visit www.prescribevita.com

Shofu Ceramage

Now offering new gum colors and bleach shades, expanding the extensive shade selection, Shofu’s Ceramage®, a zirconium silicate micro-ceramic, creates indirect restorations that exhibit virtually the same light transmission as natural teeth and have remarkable translucency.

For more information, call 800-827-4638 or visit www.shofu.com.

Introducing IPS e.max® HT

Ivoclar Vivadent is proud to announce the launch of IPS e.max HT (high translucency) lithium disilicate material. HT rounds out the IPS e.max line and gives dental professionals full flexibility to provide patients with the best possiblerestorations. Available for both pressing and CAD/CAM fabrication, IPS e.max lithium disilicate exhibits superior strength (360-400 MPa) and esthetics for monolithic, full-contour restorations.For more information, contact john.isherwood@ivoclarvivadent.us.

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