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3M™ ESPE™ Brings Lava™ Ultimate Restorative to Labs

Esthetic and shock-absorbent CAD/CAM material now available through Authorized Lava™ Milling and Design Centers

ST. PAUL, Minn. — (July 2, 2012) — 3M ESPE is now bringing its unique new Lava Ultimate restorative to labs by making it available to all dental professionals through their preferred Authorized Lava® Milling and Design Centers. Lava Ultimate restorative resin nano ceramic CAD/CAM material was originally introduced to users of chairside CEREC® and E4D® CAD/CAM systems in late 2011, and as those dentists have already experienced, Lava Ultimate restorative provides a polish that lasts, along with functionality other CAD/CAM materials can't match. In fact, 3M ESPE is backing Lava Ultimate restorative with its industry-leading 10-year warranty.

"Dentists with chairside CAD/CAM systems have responded enthusiastically to the unique properties of this new resin nano ceramic CAD/CAM material," said Mark Gates, vice president of sales and marketing, 3M ESPE. "We are happy to now offer Lava Ultimate restorative to an even greater number of dentists through their labs."

Lava Ultimate restorative is part of a new class of CAD/CAM material based on 3M ESPE's renowned nanotechnology. This resilient new milling material is incredibly durable and shock absorbent, not brittle. The unique properties of the CAD/CAM material enable a fast, no-firing process, and only a few minutes of polishing are needed to achieve an enamel-like luster. The resin nano ceramic CAD/CAM material also allows dentists to easily make adjustments, as well as to build-up and reseal restorations.

Lava Ultimate restorative CAD/CAM material builds upon two of 3M's core technology platforms: ceramics and nanotechnology. 3M has developed a proprietary process for creating the CAD/CAM material, which is formulated from a blend of approximately 80 percent nanoceramic particles embedded in a highly-cured resin matrix. The result is a unique, patented resin nano ceramic milling material that maintains a brilliant, long-lasting polish.

Lava Ultimate restorative is indicated for a full range of permanent adhesive, single-unit restorations, including crowns, onlays, inlays and veneers. Additionally, Lava Ultimate restorative is ideally suited for implant-supported restorations because of its high flexural strength, shock-absorbing properties and low wear. Lava Ultimate restorative reduces stress to the implant, and dentists can adjust the material for occlusion with additive and subtractive techniques. Lava Ultimate restorative is offered in eight shades, four of which include both high and low translucencies, giving labs the choices they need to create natural-looking restorations.

Two additional product introductions from 3M ESPE give dentists the complete package for delivering ceramic restorations alongside Lava Ultimate restorative: 3M™ ESPE™ RelyX™ Ultimate Adhesive Resin Cement and 3M™ ESPE™ Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive. This cement and adhesive are compatible and offer optimal performance when used in combination with Lava Ultimate restorative, giving dentists the utmost in ease of use and high performance.

For more information about 3M ESPE's Lava Ultimate Restorative, visit or call 1-800-634-2249..

3M ESPE is a dental product manufacturer that markets more than 2,000 dental products and services. 3M ESPE dental products are designed to help dental professionals improve their patients' oral health care. 3M Health Care, one of 3M's six major business segments, provides world-class innovative products and services to help health care professionals improve the practice and delivery of patient care in medical, oral care, drug delivery and health information markets. For more information on the complete 3M ESPE line of dental products, visit the 3M ESPE website at or call the 3M ESPE Technical Hotline at 1-800-634-2249. Products are available for purchase through authorized 3M ESPE distributors.

3M, ESPE, Lava, RelyX and Scotchbond are trademarks of 3M or 3M Deutschland GmbH. Used under license in Canada. © 3M 2012. All rights reserved.

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