IPS e.max Prime

For a difference you can see

The high-strength zirconium oxide IPS e.max Prime is versatile in its applications, and it delivers a superior level of quality and high-end esthetics. The Prime product family includes IPS e.max Prime and IPS e.max Prime Esthetic.

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IPS e.max 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
All areas of applications
  • IPS e.max Prime: from crowns to 14-unit[1] wide-span bridges
  • IPS e.max Prime Esthetic: crowns and 3-unit bridges
  • Accommodates all fabrication techniques: glazing, staining, cut-back, layering and infiltration
Gradient Technology: the highlight
  • Unique manufacturing technology
  • Lifelike esthetic appearance*, high accuracy of fit and optimized translucency
  • Intelligent disc design
Two products that compliment each other to the max
  • IPS e.max Prime is the all-round disc for a wide variety of applications and techniques
  • IPS e.max Prime Esthetic is a specialist disc that allows natural-looking crowns* to be created efficiently
The one-disc solution
IPS e.max Prime
IPS e.max Prime always offers a suitable solution

IPS e.max 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 it accommodates all 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 14-unit bridges[1]

  • Extensive fabrication possibilities: staining, cut-back, layering 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[1]

  • Ideal for complex cases involving gingival recession or bone loss

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

  • Progressively increasing translucency in the incisal zone, smooth shade progression and progressively higher flexural strength up to 1200 MPa in the cervical zone

  • High-end esthetics comparable to lithium disilicate

Coordinated range of shades and sizes
  • 4 Bleach BL shades

  • 16 A-D shades

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

One material for all applications

Due to its high mechanical stability of 1200 MPa flexural strength[4], IPS e.max Prime covers all major applications – from single crowns to 14-unit 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 Prime

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

The specialist disc for maximum esthetics
IPS e.max Prime Esthetic
Easy & 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? If that is the case, we invite you to discover the new IPS e.max Prime Esthetic! 

It takes only a few steps to produce esthetic monolithic restorations. Additional staining or layering 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* 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 visible layers

  • Progressively higher translucency in the incisal zone, harmonious shade progression and increasing flexural strength up to 650 MPa in the cervical 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 Prime Esthetic
Yuki Momma (USA)
"The IPS e.max Prime Esthetic disc provides an inspiring elegance. It is a milestone in esthetic dentistry!"
IPS e.max Prime Esthetics & IPS e.max Prime
IPS e.max Prime Esthetic and IPS e.max Prime ideally complement each other in terms of their material composition and their range of applications. While IPS e.max Prime Esthetic stands out because of its efficiency in the fabrication of crowns and 3-unit bridges, IPS e.max Prime is characterized by its versatility. Both materials exhibit excellent quality and esthetics
Synonymous with prime quality

Gradient Technology (GT) is the key to the genuinely seamless progression of shade and translucency within the disc, the outstanding accuracy of fit of the product and its efficient processing properties. 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[2]

  • 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 opacity

  • Prime Esthetic: high-strength 4Y-TZP zirconium oxide featuring 850 MPa[3] flexural strength

  • Prime: high-strength 3Y-TZP zirconium oxide featuring 1200 MPa[4] flexural strength

  • Thickness varies depending on the disc thickness 


The unique Gradient Technology (GT) is at the heart of IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime. 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 4 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 Gradient Technology and it is 3 mm thick. 
The thickness of the dentin zone, which is composed of high-strength 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
The seamless progression of shade and translucency  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. The 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. 
Prescribe IPS e.max Prime!

The first-class esthetic appearance of IPS e.max 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 

The Clinical Guidelines
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Discover the reasons why Dentists are using IPS e.max Prime!

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

DMD, FACD Pomona, NY
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! “

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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[1] IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime is suitable for fabricating crowns and bridges composed of up to 14 units, while IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime Esthetic is used for creating crowns and three-unit bridges. R&D Ivoclar, Schaan, Liechtenstein
[2] Typical mean value of the biaxial strength (incisal), R&D Ivoclar Vivadent AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein
[3] Typical mean value of the biaxial strength (dentin), R&D Ivoclar Vivadent AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein
[4] Typical mean value of the biaxial strength (dentin), R&D Ivoclar Vivadent AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein
[5] based on sales
[6] Ivoclar, Scientific Report IPS e.max Vol. 3, Study Report, 2018


* At natural lighting conditions. The use of artificially generated UV or UV-like light may result in a different impression.