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IPS e.max is a versatile, metal-free, high-strength material. It offers superior aesthetics, providing excellent restorations that help increase patient satisfaction. This material is suitable for fabricating single-unit crowns of many varieties: inlays, onlays, veneers, and screw-retained implant crowns. It may also be used to construct three-unit anterior bridges and for cases with minimum preparation dimensions. Other advantages for this material include a precision-fit and nearly-perfect contact between adjacent and opposite teeth. Restorations created using IPS e.max may be conventionally cemented using resin ionomer cement or, when necessary, can be bonded for maximum retention.

When using the press technique, there are two different kinds of ingots that may be used. IPS e.max Press is a high-strength glass ceramic while IPS e.max ZirPress is a highly aesthetic glass ceramic that may be pressed onto the zirconium oxide.

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IPS e.max Press Ingots

These are made from lithium disilicate, a biocompatible glass-ceramic material providing the excellent form, function, and fit that make ceramics so renowned. These ingots provide a flexural strength of 500 MPa and are available in seven different ingots.


IPS e.max Press HT

These high-translucency ingots provide characteristics similar to enamel and are suitable for small restorations such as inlays and veneers. Restorations can be customized with the staining technique.


IPS e.max Press MT

Optimal for anterior crowns, these medium-translucency ingots are best for cases requiring a material brighter than HT but more translucent than LT ingots. Restorations made from these ingots are ideal for the cutback technique and for staining.


IPS e.max Press LT

These low translucency ingots are ideal for larger restorations such as posterior crowns with a translucency similar to dentin. Aesthetics can be enhanced using the cutback technique.


IPS e.max Press Multi

These ingots are poly-translucent and polychromatic, providing a natural shade progression from the margin to the edges of the front teeth. They are ideal for creating a strong and highly aesthetic restoration, and although they can be stained or cut back and layered, they can also be finished by simple glazing.


IPS e.max Press MO

Medium-opacity ingots are ideal for restoring slightly discolored teeth, creating lifelike restorations that can be finished using the layering technique.


IPS e.max Press HO

These highly opaque ingots are best used when restoring discolored and darker teeth or where a titanium abutment has been used.


Impulse Opal

These ingots are ideal for replacing enamel as they have exceptional pearlescent properties, making them excellent for fabricating thin veneers.

IPS e.max ZirPress

These fluorapatite ingots are ideal for restoring IPS e.max ZIrCAD and other zirconium frameworks. With this material, several ingots can be pressed together. The ingots are available in high-translucency, low-translucency, and medium-opacity, as well as gingiva ingots. These ingots are designed for the fabrication of the gingival portion of a restoration and are especially suitable for a larger, implant-retained frameworks.


IPS e.max Ceram

IPS e.max Ceram is a nano-fluorapatite ceramic that may be layered onto lithium disilicate and onto zirconium oxide restorations. It includes a wide range of powders, allowing a skilled ceramist to create aesthetically-pleasing and natural-looking restorations.

IPS e.max provides dental laboratories and clinicians with durable restorations offering the highest visual appearance. Our experienced technical staff can offer advice about individual cases to achieve optimal results when using this product.


Please be reminded that should you wish to discuss case in more detail, our experienced technical team is here to assist you.

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