Many dentists and labs are opting for Lava technology from 3M for crown and bridge work because they offer excellent aesthetics along with bio-compatibility and excellent fit – three features that will get any dental geeks’ heart pumping.
Lava Crowns are Especially Useful for Both Cosmetics and Strength
Since these monolithic crowns are made of a proprietary Zirconia composition, they are considered highly stable and the strongest of their kind (1440 Mpa).
Additionally, the non-porous or homogeneous nature of the Zirconia material facilitates consistent cosmetic results in terms of shading and life-like translucency as well as excellent marginal fit. In fact, recent clinical studies have shown it to be among the most bio-compatible marginal coping materials available; even allowing for regeneration of gingiva in some cases!
These amazing attributes are primarily due to the fact that they are monolithic, metal-free and precision milled using the latest in 3-D scanning and CAD/CAM technology – all resulting in a strong, beautiful, long-lasting, craftsman quality restoration.
Lava Crowns Are Indicated for a Variety of Applications
- Single crowns
- 8 Unit bridges – up to 4 pontics in the anterior region
- Inlay and Onlay bridges
- Primary telescopes
- Splinted crowns
- Custom Zirconia abutments for a wide variety of implant systems
More Good News from Lava
3M is now offering more options in this product line. Lava ‘Premium’, for example, is designed to offer greater aesthetic flexibility with its unique internal shading technology & premium dyeing liquids. While Lava ‘Essentials’, provides a more cost effective option. This version still offers all the classic structural features of Lava crowns, but is only desirable for posterior applications as it is available in just 5 color/shade options.
At Okon, we believe that every treatment plan is unique to the provider and the patient. As such, we know that there is no “one size fits all” approach to crown and bridge cases. However, we are also confident in the long-lasting functional and aesthetic advantages of Lava crowns. Therefore, we are pleased to include it as part of our full complement of restorative products & services.