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    How to create strong restorations with excellent esthetics

    How a clinician and lab owner used Celtra Press ceramics to get great results.

    Dentistry is fortunate enough to have access to a wide selection of chairside CAD/CAM monolithic blocks, ranging from the first feldspathic block introduced back in 1991 to more recent advances in zirconia chairside milling technologies.

    Final patient imageAs dental professionals, we have witnessed a general increase in chairside monolithic block mPa strength over the years yet, many times, at the expense of esthetics. For example, we have an extremely strong material like zirconia but with less than desirable esthetics, or sometimes even more disappointing, an esthetically-pleasing restoration with low to moderate strength.

    Fortunately, industry professionals have been working hard to address these issues and over the years have made significant improvements by marrying strength and esthetics. The best example of this that I’ve seen to date has been with Celtra® Press (Dentsply Sirona), a pressable material offered exclusively to dental labs that satisfies both strength and esthetics while clinically displaying a beautiful blending effect with surrounding teeth known as the “chameleon effect,” as seen by its natural opalescence, translucency and fluorescence.

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    I had been milling chairside with Celtra DUO for most cases for approximately two years before I recently requested Celtra Press from my lab partner. What a pleasant surprise! Celtra Press provides a natural vibrancy while reducing the “greying effect” often seen in similar materials due to high translucency without enough opacity. Celtra Press uniquely brings together the best of both worlds: strength and esthetics, and not having to compromise a bit on either.

    Celtra Press also has a natural vitality that I haven’t seen before in other materials. The two areas that always concerned me when using comparable materials were marginal chipping and, as mentioned, the greying effect in anterior restorations. With Celtra Press I can polish or re-contour the margins without chipping the restoration, and its chameleon effect assures a natural looking restoration. Moreover, Celtra Press can be either bonded or cemented. Celtra Press fills a definite void in my restorative cases that’s been there for years: it’s a highly esthetic material with exceptional strength.

    Dr. J. William Claytor
    J. William “Bill” Claytor, Jr., DDS, MAGD, PA graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and completed a two ...


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