With 3M ESPE’s Lava™ Plus Zirconia custom-designed implant abutments, dentists and laboratories can offer implant patients the natural beauty of shaded Lava Plus zirconia that can be custom-designed for the individual patient.
Implant abutments made from Lava Plus zirconia are compatible with a wide variety of implant systems, allowing dentists to provide patients with a highly esthetic option while still utilizing the underlying implant systems with which they are familiar. To create the abutment, Lava Plus zirconia is cemented to a prefabricated titanium abutment interface. Unlike many all-ceramic abutments on the market today, the metal-to-metal connection between the screw and abutment means the screw does not torque directly into the zirconia material. This allows dentists to follow standard recommendations for torque pressures on the screw and abutment.
For dentists, the precision technology used to manufacture the abutment helps minimize manual adjustments in the office. Lava Plus zirconia for implant abutments comes in the same shades as are offered for Lava™ Crowns, meaning dentists can select a matching abutment and crown to create the most natural-looking restoration. In the laboratory, time spent grinding down a stock abutment to fit properly is minimized or eliminated. Because the abutment is tailored for the individual patient dentition, the technician can design the abutment based on both the implant and adjacent teeth, allowing for proper tissue management and a better esthetic outcome.