Lava™ All-Ceramic System

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.
Crown and Bridgework - Crown and Bridgework - Non Metal - Lava System

The Lava™ All-Ceramic System Overview

The Lava™ framework ceramics are made using CAD/CAM procedures (scanning, computer-aided framework design and milling) from pre-sintered zirconia blanks with a specially designed overlying veneer ceramic.

High strength restorations
with an excellent fit

The size of the final restoration has been increased to compensate for shrinkage during sintering. The Lava™ All-Ceramic System is biocompatible with excellent long-term aesthetics and no sensitivity to temperature variation, thanks 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)
Material3M™ Veneered Zirconia3M™ Fully Milled Monolithic ZirconiaResin Nano Ceramic
80% wt Nano Ceramic and
20% wt Resin
Aesthetics✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓✓✓ ✓
Durability✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓✓ ✓ ✓
MarginsShoulder/Heavy Chamfer
(0.5-1.0 mm)
(0.3-0.5 mm)
Flexural Strength90 MPa (Porcelain)
1100-1440 MPa (Substructure)
1100 MPa200 MPa
Inlays/Onlays (Limited)
Full Crowns
3-4 Unit Bridges
Long-span Bridges
Curved Bridges (up to 48mm)
“Cushion Effect”
Material Shades/Colouring8 Framework Shades18 Shades + 2 Bleaching Shades8 Shades
2 Translucencies
Bonding✓ (Limited)✓ (Limited)Bonded to Tooth with Adhesive Resin Cement.
*Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive (3M ESPE)
*RelyX™ Ultimate Adhesive Resin Cement
Stain Resistance✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Span/Ingot SizeFull Arch Possible (Case Dependent)4 Units (Anterior)
3 Units (Posterior)
Full Arch Possible (Case Dependent)