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3M™ ESPE™ Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM Restorative - The Ultimate Milling Material

12 March 2012

Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM Restorative. The Ultimate Milling Material

3M’s proprietary nanotechnology can be found in a wide range of applications, from glare reducing coatings for eye glasses, to UV filters in sunscreens and cosmetics. Many of our leading dental solutions also incorporate nanotechnology, including Filtek™ Supreme XTE Restoratives and two of our latest innovations, Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive and Lava™ Ultimate CAD/CAM Restorative.

Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM restorative is a "new to the world" material, known as a Resin Nano Ceramic (RNC). This material utilises 3M’s unique nanotechnology and is comprised from an optimised blend of glass ceramic and composite. Offering the best of both worlds the material is like a glass ceramic, offering excellent polish retention for lasting aesthetics and is like a composite which is not brittle and fracture resistant1.

During manufacture the material is highly heat cured through a controlled, proprietary manufacturing process, which eliminates the need for a firing step after milling. Polishing the material only takes minutes to achieve an enamel-like lustre and the material can also be characterised with light-cured composites/stains both intra- and extra-orally.

Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM blocks perform similarly to or better than glass ceramic and composite materials1. Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM restorative’s high fracture toughness, flexural strength and resilience, ensure that milled restorations exhibit excellent durability1. This enables 3M ESPE to offer an industry-leading 10-year warranty against fracturing.

Benefits of Lava Ultimate restorative to the dentist and patient include:

  • Fast, no-firing process for a true chairside workflow
  • High strength and fracture toughness for a long lasting restoration
  • Easy to mill and polish
  • Low wear on the opposing teeth
  • Life-like aesthetics with a high polish and variety of shades
  • 10 Year Limited Warranty


Available in blocks specific to either Straumann CARES Digital Solutions, CEREC or laboratories, the material can easily be milled at the chairside or in the lab. For more information or details on how to place your order, please contact 3M ESPE Customer Care Team on 0845 602 5094.

1Lava Ultimate Technical Product Profile