The unique formula of Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia provides significantly higher translucency¹ and unprecedented beauty – without compromising strength.
The patented shading system enables highly esthetic all-zirconia or traditionally layered restorations.
Excellent color match to the VITA® Classical Shade Guide and VITA SYSTEM 3D-MASTER® Shades.
High strength allows tooth-preserving ≤0.5mm minimum wall thickness – requiring 3X less occlusal preparation than lithium disilicate glass ceramic because of it's 3X greater strength.²
Lava Plus zirconia is the beautifully durable material of choice.
¹ Compared to other shaded zirconias.
² Data on file.
Lava™ Plus High Translucency All-Zirconia Crown (A2)
Source: 3M ESPE
The Lava™ Plus all-zirconia block allows natural, warm colors to shine from the inside of dental crowns and dental bridges.
With the patented shading system of Lava Plus zirconia, you can offer your patients endless options for custom shading and unparalleled individualization - which helps to maintain the translucency of the restoration. With 18 colors and eight Lava™ Plus Effect Shades, this zirconia block system gives dentists options for unparalleled individualization. Customization of the zirconia block is also made more predictable, as Lava Plus is the only CAD/CAM zirconia system that matches the VITA® Classical A1-D4 shades, including the bleached shades. It is also the only available zirconia block system that features direct conversion to the most common VITA SYSTEM 3D-MASTER® Shades.
Lava™ Plus Highly Translucent All- Zirconia 3-unit bridge
Source: 3M ESPE
Lava™ Plus Highly Translucent Zirconia crown veneered with VITA VM9
Source: 3M ESPE
Lava Plus all-zirconia restorations are virtually unbreakable—and without porcelain overlay, worries about chipping are eliminated. And the durability doesn't stop there. Scientific data proves that Lava Plus all-zirconia restorations have antagonist-preserving wear properties and are not abraded or roughened under occlusal load.
It's the ideal, highly esthetic alternative to PFM or full-cast metal restorations.
Large insufficient composite filling at tooth 25 and insufficient full-cast metal crowns at teeth 26 and 27.
All-zirconia Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia crowns at teeth 25, 26 and 27.
Source: 3M ESPE
Incredibly strong and versatile
Can be used anywhere, for any indication:well-suited for both anterior and posterior restorations
Easy, tooth preserving preparation:allows a </=0.5 mm minimum wall thickness, requiring 3X less occlusal preparation than lithium disilicate glass ceramic because of its 3X greater strength*
Thinner wall structure provides higher
3X less occlusal preparation and 3X stronger than IPS e.max CAD**
The high strength of Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia allows </=0.5 mm minimum clearance, enabling easier adjustment and cementation.
** A 3-Point bending strength test according to ISO 6872.
If minor intra-oral adjustments are necessary, use a fine diamond bur with water-cooling and continue with a standard rubber polisher set for ceramic dental materials. For the mandatory high-shine polishing finish, use a diamond polishing paste and a suitable polishing brush.
Due to the outstanding strength of Lava Plus zirconia, a self-adhesive or adhesive resin cement is recommended.
2 5+ unit bridges (up to 48 mm) with a maximum of two pontics next to one another in the posterior area and a maximum of four pontics next to one another in the anterior area.
3 With a maximum of 1 pontics at the position of a premolar or incisor.
4 Tests have proven: Lava™ Zirconia shows a sufficient strength for this indication. However, this type of indication overall can have a higher failure risk due to de-cementation and secondary caries regardless of manufacturer. Please refer to national and regional dental associations for more information.
More than 10 years of clinical experience and millions of successful cases worldwide.
Since its introduction in 2001, Lava™ Zirconia has become a huge success story. Millions of restorations have been produced and Lava™ Systems are running in over 40 countries around the globe.
Lava™ Zirconia is one of the best investigated materials on the market with over 100 studies published by researchers worldwide. Lava™ stands for high-strength restorations with outstanding marginal fit and excellent aesthetics. Due to its proven reliability, 3M ESPE grants for 15 years from the date of placement that copings or substructures made out of Lava™ Zirconia will not break.¹
¹ If fabricated by an Authorized Lava™ Milling Center or on approved Lava™ Equipment in strict compliance with approved indications and instructions for use for Lava™ Crowns and Bridges. Only approved indications for Lava™ Zirconia are covered and the warranty does not cover any breakage resulting from accidents or misuse. Additional costs such as the cost of preparation and veneering are also not covered.
Figure 2 + 3: Final result: Lava™ Plus Highly Translucent All-Zirconia single crowns. Restorations are custom-shaded with Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia Dyeing Liquid and individualized with Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia Effect Shades.
In a field evaluation, Lava Plus High Translucency Zirconia was put to the test with dentists and dental labs alike.
Dental lab reviews showed Lava Plus zirconia to have the best overall esthetics, with significantly higher all-zirconia crown translucency than leading competitors—without compromising strength. It’s the ONLY system that matches the VITA® Classical A1-D4 and bleached shades.
Dentists involved in the evaluation said Lava Plus High Translucency Zirconia delivers the best zirconia esthetics ever, with more options for all-zirconia or layered restorations.
Zirconia Translucency comparison, shaded and unshaded:1-Contrast Ratio (%)
The height of the bar represents the level of translucency.
Source: 3M ESPE internal data
*Shaded with Zirkonazahn Prettau Color Liquid A
1 Application Test Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia, 11 responding dental labs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands and U.S., 2011. 2 Application Test Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia, 18 responding dentists in Germany, Italy and U.S., 2011.
Source 1: J. Geis-Gerstorfer, and C. Schille. Influence of Surface Treatment on Wear of Solid Zirconia (LAVA), J Dent Res 90 (Spec Iss A): #145873,2011
Source 2: Prof. J. Geis-Gerstorfer, C. Schille. Wear behavior measured with a pin-on-disk apparatus ABREX against 6mm Steatite balls as antagonists (45°, 5 N load, 5000 cycles, water). University of Tübingen, Germany