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Redefining esthetics

IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime delivers a superior level of quality and high-end esthetics in zirconium oxide restorations. Furthermore, optimized workflows enhance the efficiency and profitability of your dental lab. The Prime product family includes IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime and IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime Esthetic, which complement each other in terms of their material composition and their range of applications. 

When flexibility and esthetics[1] are required, IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime is always the right solution.
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IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime product family:

Exceptional esthetics
  • High-quality restorations featuring a seamless internal progression of shade
  • Precise shading of the material to match the desired A-D shade
Versatile areas of application
  • IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime: from crowns to wide-span bridges[2]
  • IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime Esthetic: crowns and 3-unit bridges[2]
  • Accommodates all fabrication techniques: glazing, staining, cut-back and infiltration[3]
GT Technology: the highlight
  • Unique manufacturing technology
  • Lifelike esthetic appearance[1], high accuracy of fit and optimized translucency
  • Intelligent disc design
Two products that complement each other to the max
  • IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime is the all-round disc for a wide variety of applications and techniques
  • IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime Esthetic is a specialist disc that allows natural-looking crowns[1] to be created efficiently
The all-round disc at a prime level
IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime
IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime always offers a suitable solution

IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime is the One-Disc Solution and therefore the all-round genius within the portfolio. The high-strength zirconium oxide material (1200 MPa[4]) is characterized by high accuracy of fit and exceptional quality.

The fascinating all-ceramic ingeniously combines esthetics with flexibility, and is suitable for versatile applications and fabrication techniques. Regardless of the type of restoration needed, whether it be an efficiently fabricated monolithic posterior crown, a stable bridge, an implant-supported restoration or a highly esthetic and elaborately customized single anterior tooth.

  • Wide spectrum of applications, ranging from crowns to wide-span bridges[2]

  • Extensive fabrication possibilities: staining, cut-back and infiltration

  • The One-Disc Solution simplifies stock management in the laboratory

Very high mechanical stability
  • Very high flexural strength (1200 MPa) in the dentin zone, where bridges have to withstand the strongest forces

  • For restorations on natural prepared tooth structure or on approved implant systems

  • Ideal for complex cases involving gingival recession or bone loss

  • Blend of two zirconium oxide raw materials (3Y-TZP and 5Y-TZP) without any layers

  • Progressively increasing translucency in the incisal zone, smooth shade progression and in the cervical zone a flexural strength of 1200 MPa.

  • High-end esthetics comparable to lithium disilicate

Coordinated range of shades and sizes
  • 4 Bleach BL shades

  • 16 A-D shades

  • Disc thicknesses: 14 mm, 16 mm, 20 mm, 25 mm

One material for all major applications

Due to its high mechanical stability of 1200 MPa[4], IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime covers all major applications – from single crowns to widespan bridges. Furthermore, it allows very thin, minimally invasive restorations to be made.

  • Full-contour crowns

  • Full-contour 3-unit bridges

  • Full-contour bridges composed of 4 or more units with max. 2 pontics

  • Crown copings

  • Bridge frameworks composed of 3 or more units with max. 2 pontics

Vincent Fehmer talks about IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime

MDT Vincent Fehmer (Switzerland) talks about the differences between conventional multi-layer zirconia and IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime. He mentions the smooth progression of shade and translucency within the disc in particular.

IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime: Impressions

Redefining zirconium oxide esthetics
IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime Esthetic
Easy – economical – natural

Do you fashion the majority of your crowns with zirconium oxide? Do you have exacting expectations of the materials you use and the restorations you create? Are you constantly on the look-out for new and effortless ways to achieve impressive lifelike restorations[1]? If that is the case, we invite you to discover the new IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime Esthetic! 

It takes only a few steps to produce esthetic monolithic restorations. Additional staining or a cut-back is unnecessary in most cases. Simple polishing or glazing is adequate for achieving an accurate match with the A-D shade guide. Efficiency and a low susceptibility to error are decisive benefits of the product.

Efficient route to achieving the desired esthetic result in a monolithic restoration
  • Straightforward polishing with OptraGloss or glazing with the fluorescent IPS Ivocolor glazing paste

  • Reliable and reproducible process

  • Minimal manual effort, yet impressive natural-looking[1] results

For most of your zirconium oxide restorations
  • For crowns and 3-unit bridges

  • For restorations of a consistently high level of esthetic quality

Ideal balance of stability, shade and translucency
  • Blend of the two zirconium oxide raw materials 4Y-TZP and 5Y-TZP without any layers

  • Progressively higher translucency in the incisal zone, harmonious shade progression and a flexural strength of 850 MPa[5] in the dentin zone

Wide spectrum of shades and sizes
  • 4 Bleach BL shades 

  • 16 A-D shades

  • Disc thicknesses: 14 mm, 16 mm, 20 mm

What professionals have to say about IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime Esthetic:
Yuki Momma (USA)
"The IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime Esthetic disc provides an inspiring elegance. It is a milestone in esthetic dentistry!"

IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime Esthetics: Impressions

Synonymous with prime quality

GT Technology is the key to the seamless progression of shade[1] and translucency within the disc and the outstanding accuracy of fit of the product. It is based on a blend of two zirconium oxide raw materials of different strengths and optical characteristics.

Highly translucent incisal zone
  • Optimally coordinated shade

  • Highest translucency in the incisal zone

  • Highly esthetic 5Y-TZP zirconium oxide

  • Flexural strength: 650 MPa[6]

  • 3-mm thickness, irrespective of the disc thickness

Innovative transition zone
  • Seamless, layer-free transition zone

  • Natural shading from dentin to enamel

  • Increasing translucency in the incisal zone

  • Increasing flexural strength in the cervical zone

  • 4-mm thickness, irrespective of the disc thickness

High-strength dentin zone
  • Maximum stability in the tooth neck zone

  • Coordinated shading and transluceny

  • IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime Esthetic: high-strength 4Y-TZP zirconium oxide featuring 850 MPa[5] flexural strength

  • IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime: high-strength 3Y-TZP zirconium oxide featuring 1200 MPa[4] flexural strength

  • Hight of the dentin zone varies depending on the disc thickness 

The unique GT Technology is at the heart of IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime and IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime Esthetic. Innovative processing technology is used to manufacture the disc using a combination of two zirconium oxide raw materials (3Y-TZP or 4Y-TZP with 5Y-TZP) to produce the striking properties of the IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime material.

All IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime discs – irrespecitve of their thickness – have an incisal zone of 3 mm. It is composed of an ultra-translucent 5Y-TZP zirconium oxide material. The layer-free transition zone, which is significantly responsible for the highly esthetic appearance of the material, is produced as a result of the GT Technology and it is 4 mm thick. 
The thickness of the dentin zone, which is composed of 4Y-TZP (IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime Esthetic) or 5Y-TZP zirconium oxide (IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime), varies depending on the thickness of the various discs. It ranges from 7 mm in the 14-mm disc up to 18 mm in the 25-mm disc.

Natural-looking esthetics[1]
The seamless progression of shade and translucency ensures ensures a natural transition from dentin to enamel. The innovative filling technology sets the disc apart from other traditionally manufactured discs and has no layers within the disc.
Accuracy of fit
Advanced and optimized powder conditioning ensures adjusted sintering kinetics. This results in uniform shrinkage behavior and outstanding accuracy of fit.
Optimized translucency
The compaction of the discs by means of "Cold Isostatic Pressing" (CIP) ensures not only an enhanced microstructure but also optimized translucency.
Precise shading
Simple polishing or glazing produces an excellent shade match with the A-D shade guide. Staining is not necessary. For the efficient fabrication of shade matched restorations.
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The first-class esthetic appearance of IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime is characterized by a lifelike continuous and seamless progression of shade and translucency and by optimized translucent properties, which can only be achieved due to the use of Gradient Technology (GT).

  • as esthetic as lithium disilicate (LS2)

  • as strong as zirconium oxide 

  • Easy cementation with ZirCAD® Cement 

  • Gradient Technology for exceptional properties 

Discover the reasons why Dentists are using IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime!

Find out what our customers are saying about IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime and the reason why they prefer to make it e.max. 

Dr. Peter Auster


“e.max Prime has become my number one choice for strength and beauty. We finally have an esthetic zirconia that is strong enough for splints and bridges and translucent enough to be comfortably used in anterior cases. It‘s gradient technology creates Y3 strength where it is needed as well as Y5 translucency, to create a functional, beautiful restorative. It is truly worthy of the name e.max!“

Edgar Jimenez


“Our laboratory focuses on full mouth reconstruction and cosmetic dentistry. The material choice for us is e.max. The reason we love e.max is very simple. It is beautiful and it is very strong. We want to deliver a product to our clients that is going to be very durable and it’s going to be beautiful. e.max definitely covers those two criteria. It’s also easy to work in the lab. It’s easy to layer, easy to contour. We do a lot in the purple stage before we sinter and it’s easy and when we are done we know that we are delivering a quality product that is strong and it’s beautiful. Our doctors trust that we are going to deliver a high-end quality product. We trust Ivoclar with e.max because they simply deliver all the time. Thank you."

Dr. Robert Ritter 


“I make it IPS e.max Prime because of legacy. With Prime, I can get strong restorations with similar esthetics as lithium disilicate. My patients are happy with the results and they can’t stop smiling.”

Dr. Christopher Ramsey


"IPS e.max Prime has been one product that I absolutely prescribe all the time that give myself consistent results both from cosmetic standpoint and overall functional standpoint. When I can do that, it allows me to do all the things that I want to add in the office stress-free."

Dr Parag R. Kachalia 

DDS | Clinician | Consultant | Speaker | Writer

“In order to get beauty, you gave up strength, but in order to get strength, you had to give up beauty. Until Prime came out."
Dr. Tina Giannacopoulos   


“I started using IPS e.max Prime two years ago, when my Lab recommended the material for a full arch case. I was thoroughly impressed with the results that can be achieved with Prime because it provides the best of both worlds: unparalleled esthetics and maximum strength.“

Dr. Michael McMahon    


 "I recommend e.max Prime because when you see the restoration,  it blends right with the patient's natural dentition. It made my life easier and my patients love it."

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