Lava™ System from 3M ESPE



The Lava™ All-Ceramic System from 3M ESPE encompasses a CAD/CAM procedure for the creation of all-ceramic crowns and bridges for anterior and posterior applications. The framework ceramic consists of zirconia with a specially designed overlying veneer ceramic. The frameworks are made using CAD/CAM procedures (scanning, computer-aided framework design and milling) from pre-sintered zirconia blanks. The system produces high-strength restorations with excellent fit. The size of the final restoration has been increased to compensate for shrinkage during sintering.


  • Biocompatible
  • Excellent long-term aesthetics
  • Due to the low thermal conductivity of the ceramic, there is no sensitivity to temperature variation


  • Traditional cementation with 3M ESPE Ketac™ Cem or RelyX™ Luting Cement is recommended for cementing crowns and bridges made from Lava™ system materials for every restoration type
  • Ceramics employed are issued with US IdentCeram® certificates to verify the American Dental Association classification and content of the restorative materials


  Lava™ Classic
Zirconia Frame
Lava™ Plus
Zirconia Frame
Lava™ Ultimate
CAD/CAM Restorative
(Hybrid Ceramic)
Material Veneered zirconia Monolithic Resin nano ceramic
80% wt nano ceramic and
20% wt resin
Aesthetics ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Durability ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓ 
Margins Shoulder/heavy chamfer
(0.5-1.0 mm)
(0.3-0.5 mm)
Flexural strength 90 MPa (porcelain)
1200 MPa (substructure)
1200 MPa 200 MPa
Indications Crowns
Inlays/Onlays (limited)
Full crowns
3-4 unit bridges
Long-span bridges
Curved bridges (up to 48 mm)
“Cushion effect”
Colour 8 framework shades 12 shades 8 shades
2 translucencies
Bonding N/A N/A Bonded to tooth with adhesive resin cement.
*Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive (3M ESPE)
*RelyX™ Ultimate Adhesive Resin Cement
Stain resistance ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Span/ingot size Full arch possible 4 units (anterior)
3 units (posterior)