The Ivoclar Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of integrated solutions for high-quality dental applications with a comprehensive portfolio of products and systems for dentists and dental technicians, established a completely new way of manufacturing dental restorations when it transformed its revolutionary idea of pressing restorations from all-ceramic materials into reality: the press technology was born.
A milestone in minimally invasive aesthetic dentistry, press technology has been successfully used in clinical applications for many years and enables the fabrication of restorations that are distinguished by their outstanding accuracy of fit, function and aesthetics. IPS e.max Press is the original lithium disilicate glass-ceramic designed for the press technique. The material is the result of more than a decade of research, experience and continuous development. Designed to work hand in glove, the IPS e.max Press ceramic materials, Programat press furnaces and the PrograPrint 3D printing system combine all the features that make the difference in today’s dental technology: efficient production of restorations, paired with the expertise and esthetic sensitivity of the dental technician, and optimally coordinated digital workflows to give patients that little bit more quality of life.
Pioneers in digital dentistry
Digitalisation has come to play a vital role in dental technologies and laboratories today and its impact is likely to increase in the future. The materials and manufacturing processes will continue to evolve. Workflows can be streamlined and made more efficient by digitalising some of the steps involved. For example, processes of coordinated digital steps will lead to time savings in the manufacturing of restorations. For patients, this means that they will receive their restorations earlier. In spite of the advances in digital technology, craftsmanship and expertise will remain essential to the fabrication of restorations.
Press technology that inspires
With IPS e.max Press, Ivoclar supplies press ceramic materials that meet high quality requirements, whilst delivering exceptionally accurate and aesthetic final results. The high flexural strength and fracture toughness of the materials enable minimally invasive restorations. Available in various degrees of translucency and shades, the materials offer a maximum level of flexibility in the dental practice and laboratory.
Paired with the Programat G2 press furnaces, Ivoclar provides everything that is needed for a smooth workflow, enabling dental technicians and laboratories to benefit from unparalleled added value. The Programat press furnaces are a reliable partner for laboratories and dental technicians thanks to a host of proven technical features, including the fully automatic press function (FPF), automatic double-range temperature calibration (ATK2), crack detection system (CDS), optimised software user interface and additional IoT functions.
The ceramic press workflow can be conveniently integrated into other digital workflows in the laboratory and practice. So, the Ivoclar press technology is future-proof and efficient, even 30 years after it was launched. For instance, the PrograPrint 3D printing system can be ideally integrated into any conventional ceramic press procedure. The 3D printer (PrograPrint PR5) can print wax objects such as inlays, onlays, crowns or bridges for investing in the press technique, using an efficient digital procedure. This way, operators can capitalise on the advantages of additive manufacturing.
Profit can be planned
Efficient productive work processes and solid commercial management safeguard the laboratory’s capacity to invest and remain viable in today’s world. The components of the Ivoclar press technology are optimally coordinated with each other to ensure high-precision restorations. Economically efficient and effective manufacturing methods enable dental technicians to benefit from high productivity, while at the same time keeping investment costs low. Ivoclar offers the IPS e.max Calculator to calculate the production costs of the required restorations easily in just a few clicks. So, profit and cost effectiveness can be established before the work is begun and this information can assist in choosing the right workflow.