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Ceramics and Ceramic Selection

Ceramics and Ceramic Selection

By September 14, 2014May 23rd, 20226 Comments

Ceramics and Ceramic Selection: Post 1

Please ask your questions below.

This category is for Questions about dental ceramics pertaining to material properties, types of ceramics uses in dentistry, ceramic fabrication techniques, and also the process of clinical decision making on which ceramic to choose and which ceramic system might be contraindicated for a given clinical situation.

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Ed McLaren

Dr. McLaren is a Prosthodontist and Master Dental Ceramist. Dr. McLaren currently is the CEO of ArtOral America, which is a specialized high end private teaching institute based, in Park City Utah.


  • Merlot says:

    Hi Doc!

    When would you prefer to use Lava Ultimate ( from 3M ) over Emax? if at all…

    • Merlot says:

      Isn’t this Blog active?

    • Ed McLaren says:

      Question: When would you prefer to use Lava Ultimate ( from 3M ) over Emax? if at all..?

      Answer: Emax is always my first choice for bondable posterior monolithic all-ceramic restorations. The main reason is over 10 years of clinical evidence of success

      Having said that either Lava Ulitmate or Enamic- works best in situations where ideal preparations couldn’t be done— it is easier for cad-cam systems to machine a nondescript margin in a resin containing material

  • Ed McLaren says:

    Question: Which system or systems do you feel are the best for electronic shade matching. Are they a substitute or additional aid for a custom shade by the lab. Thank you!
    – Ron Hass

    Answer: They are not a substitute for calibrated digital shade taking photography, which is the most important step; i.e. Taking images with at least 2 shade guides in the same plane as the natural tooth — also the images should be shoot in RAW file type. I use the Easyshade as an “adjunct” to my, (1) visual shade analysis, (2) photographic shade analysis (3) Photoshop color analysis, and (4) the Easyshade as a extra piece of the shade puzzle.

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