Glidewell Laboratories Introduces Obsidian™ Lithium Silicate Ceramic Crowns

Glidewell Dental Lab launches its new high-strength glass ceramic for full-contour crowns, 3-unit anterior bridges, veneers, inlays and onlays that exhibit lifelike esthetics and toughness that surpasses conventional ceramics.

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Obsidian Lithium Silicate Ceramic Before and After

Obsidian veneers were placed on teeth #7–10 to close diastema and bring teeth into ideal arch form.

Unlike layered ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations, Obsidian ceramic restorations are resistant to chipping due to their monolithic composition and average flexural strength of 373 MPa.

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) January 22, 2013

Glidewell Laboratories, industry-leading provider of dental lab products and services, announced today the launch of Obsidian™ lithium silicate ceramic, a new glass ceramic material indicated for the fabrication of monolithic restorations, including individual crowns, 3-unit anterior bridges, veneers, inlays and onlays. Unlike layered ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations, Obsidian ceramic restorations are resistant to chipping due to their monolithic composition and average flexural strength of 373 MPa. They exhibit an ideal combination of esthetics and strength with translucency that mirrors the vitality of natural teeth.

Obsidian ceramic restorations exceed the ISO strength requirements for cemented all-ceramic restorations and can be used anywhere in the mouth. These high-strength, esthetic ceramic restorations follow traditional all-ceramic prep requirements and can be conventionally cemented or adhesively bonded.

"Five years ago we started working on creating a strong, monolithic glass ceramic material that would provide dentists and their patients with restorations that would not break like older, traditional PFM restorations," says Rodolfo Castillo, senior ceramic engineer. He adds that the development and successful launch of Obsidian ceramic is the proudest accomplishment of his 27-year career in the dental industry.

After the Obsidian glass ceramic material is manufactured according to ISO 13485, the dental laboratory then produces finished ceramic restorations using CAD/CAM technology. Priced at only $99 per unit, Obsidian ceramic restorations are available in all VITA Classical and Bleached shades. Model-free cases from a digital scan can also be prescribed for a savings of $20 per unit.

For more information about Obsidian glass ceramic or any of the other products and services available from Glidewell Laboratories, call 800-854-7256 or visit http://www.glidewelldental.com.

Glidewell Laboratories is a privately owned corporation that has more than 42 years of history as a provider of high-quality restorations to dental practitioners nationwide. It has its own R&D and manufacturing teams comprising 161 experienced professionals focused on Inclusive Dental Implant Solutions and BruxZir Solid Zirconia and is one of the most resourceful dental laboratories in the world. Its newly developed CAD/CAM processing capabilities are recognized as among the most advanced in the industry. To view our large selection of clinical videos, CE courses and our products and services, visit the Glidewell Laboratories website, http://www.glidewelldental.com.