Ceramic materials have been used in dentistry for well over 200 years. They are the most biocompatible of dental restorative materials, because they are chemically very stable. Essentially, they are metallic oxides which are in the lowest energy state. This chemical stability is illustrated by the fact that the oldest known artifacts associated with human habitation are ceramic materials such as pottery fragments, which have not degraded with time.
To summarize, there are three new types of milled products that have been developed. Leucite reinforced porcelain such as Empress Esthetic (yes we still proudly fabricate Empress Veneers, prepless veneers and crowns), requires bonding and can be used full contour or cut back and layered with translucent porcelains. We prefer the cutback method. Secondly, the stronger but still translucent lithium disilicate porcelain, such as e.max CAD, and e.max press. And finally, the highly tested Zirconia oxide stabilized with yttria such as e.max ZirCad, LAVA, Bruxzir, and Zirlux, colored monolithic solid zirconium. Milled e.max is very interesting because of the greater strength when compared to a waxed and pressed restoration.
Our ceramic bonding alloys are extremely biocompatible and reliable in processing. They are easy to polish and can be veneered to a highly aesthetic finish. The ideal ratio of the alloy constituents ensures good flow behaviour.
IPS e.max Ceram is suitable for efficient standard layering as well as for demanding high-end layering with lifelike play of light. The classic Dentin and Incisal materials are ideally coordinated with more opaque all-ceramic framework structures and thus are ideally suitable for the veneering of more opaque substructures. Brightness and chroma are balanced. Therefore, an optimum shade match with the A-D shade guide is achieved.
WHAT SHOULD I SEND IN A CASE?
When it comes to Ceramics, a case should include: A complete lab slip, digital photographs, full arch master impression, opposing arch impression, CO bite registration, implant impression coping, cocoon of denture, verification jig, verification frame, digital scan quadrant, digital scanned arch, digital scanned opposing arch, digital scanned bite, digital scanned neuronmuscular bite, and digital scan of scan body.