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Your teeth play an important role in your overall health as well as your appearance. So, naturally, you want to do everything you can to keep them healthy and looking good.
Sometimes, however, tooth decay advances to a point where a tooth is too weak to survive with just a direct restoration or filling. Instead, your dentist may recommend an indirect restoration, also known as a crown or bridge. In these cases, the decayed area is removed and the restoration is fitted over the original tooth.
This is a step that can help preserve the health and appearance of your smile.

Just as important, Lava zirconia restorations can be matched precisely to the color of your own teeth and provide the natural translucency that metal-based restorations can’t.

The evolution of restorations

Traditionally, crowns and bridges were made of metal, because it is strong and relatively inexpensive.

Then came porcelain fused to metal restorations, which came closer to the look of real teeth and provided strength, durability and fit.

But it is difficult to achieve the translucency of your natural teeth with a restoration that has a metal framework. Light does not pass through the metal restoration like it does through your own teeth, leaving a dull, lifeless appearance.

In addition, over time, the metal framework can leave a dark ridge where the gums recede.


Precision computer design system results in excellent fit


Lava zirconia provides high strength performance and reliability


Natural translucency and patented shading system produce unmatched esthetics Your patients deserve something more precious than metal. Prescribe Lava Crowns and Bridges and bring out the natural beauty in their smile.

Current Indications

• Single crowns  • Splinted crowns  • Cantilever bridges with cantilever unit on premolar or incisor3  • Inlay and onlay bridges3  • Maryland bridges3  • 6-unit bridges with up to 4 pontics in the anterior region         • Custom implant abutments

How Lava zirconia restorations are made

To make a Lava™ crown or bridge

Our dentist will take an impression of your mouth, and send it to a laboratory. There, a technician, using computer-aided design technology, will use the impression to create a model of your mouth.

After creating a precise framework for your restoration, a dental technician will build up layers of ceramic onto the framework so that the final restoration will match your natural teeth.

The completed restoration will then be delivered to your dentist who will fit it for you.