5Ws* CEREC Tessera

Dental Products Report, Dental Products Report June 2021, Volume 55, Issue 6

These CAD/CAM blocks add strength without surrendering esthetics.


CEREC Tessera CAD/CAM Blocks


Dentsply Sirona
844-848-0137 | dentsplysirona.com


Practices looking to increase efficiency without sacrificing esthetics or strength.


CEREC Tessera blocks are indicated for multiple uses, including single-unit full contour crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers.


CEREC Tessera blocks are designed to offer outstanding esthetics for a toothlike restoration. They reportedly offer 32% higher biaxial strength compared with other CAD/CAM blocks on the market. Tessera blocks are also designed to increase total processing time by 44% for greater patient satisfaction and a more profitable procedure. These blocks are said to fire in just 4½ minutes in the CEREC SpeedFire.

*The How

CEREC Tessera blocks are developed with a chemistry that incorporates 2 crystal structures within a glassy zirconia matrix. These 2 crystals work together to create what is described as a fusion of strength and esthetics in 1 block while reportedly improving overall processing time. The first crystal is lithium disilicate, which increases the density of the material while helping to protect against crack propagation. The second is virgilite, the same crystals used in glass ceramics, which are activated through the matrix firing process and add strength and esthetics.