The ultimate zirconium oxide

IPS e.max ジルキャド プライム
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* are required, IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime is always the right solution.

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[1]
  • IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime Esthetic: crowns and 3-unit bridges[1]
  • Accommodates all fabrication techniques: glazing, staining, cut-back, layering and infiltration[2]
Gradient Technology: the highlight
  • Unique manufacturing technology
  • Lifelike esthetic appearance*, 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* to be created efficiently

Further information on the two IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime discs and the Gradient Technology

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[3]) 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[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

  • 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 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: 16 mm, 20 mm, 25 mm

One material for all major applications

Due to its high mechanical stability of 1200 MPa flexural strength[3], 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

IPS e.max ZirCAD Prime Esthetic: Impressions

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[5]

  • 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[4] flexural strength

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