Strength, Speed, Esthetics: 3M™ Zirconia Goes Chairside

Benco Dental introduces doctor-recommended 3M Chairside Zirconia, a CEREC® compatible block with the ability to go from scan to seat in less than one hour.

Strength and speed you need, esthetics you want. New 3M Chairside Zirconia boasts the high strength that restorations demand, with a fast sintering time of approximately 20 minutes for a thin-walled crown. All that, plus easy matching and excellent translucency.

3M Chairside Zirconia is strong enough for use in a single-unit crown and a three-unit bridge restoration with one pontic supported on each side by a crown. With a high flexural strength of over 800 MPa, 3M Chairside Zirconia stands out. It also requires a low minimum wall thickness of just 0.8 mm, enabling a practitioner to carry out less invasive preparations and preserve more tooth structure. In addition, 3M Chairside Zirconia’s fracture toughness upholds stringent ISO standards. Plus, it has a fast sintering time of as little as approximately 20 minutes for a thin-walled crown, when used with the CEREC® SpeedFire furnace.

Available in two pre-shaded block sizes in eight shades for easy shade matching, 3M Chairside Zirconia enables a practitioner to provide patients beautiful smiles with natural-looking dental restorations from a Chairside Zirconia. Each zirconia block comes pre-shaded in Bleach, A1, A2, A3, A3.5, B1, C1 and D2 designed to match VITA® classical shades. The result? Easy matching of 3M Chairside Zirconia to each patient’s tooth shade.

Dentists recommend it. During a 3M field evaluation last year with 36 participants from Germany and the U.S., 95 percent reported they are satisfied or very satisfied with the fit of 3M Chairside Zirconia restorations. Eighty-three percent rated it better or much better overall than the chairside material they are currently using, and 83 percent rated the translucency better or much better than the chairside zirconia material they are currently using.

Adding to the simplicity, 3M provides two cements to choose from, depending on preferences and the case at hand. These easy-to-use, reliable products offer versatile cement options for chairside zirconia products. 3M RelyXTM Luting Plus Resin Modified Glass Ionomer Cement is everyday easy, with a 5-second tack light cure feature for easy excess cement removal and higher bond strength than conventional glass ionomer. 3M RelyXTM Unicem 2 Self-Adhesive Resin Cement offers all-around reliability as the world’s most clinically proven self-adhesive resin cement that saves time by eliminating etching, priming and bonding steps.

“With Chairside Zirconia, 3M is delivering on the innovation and promise of chairside dentistry by providing remarkable efficiency without compromising strength of esthetics,” said Terry Barrett, Chief Marketing Officer for Benco Dental. “The ability to go from scan to seat in an hour with a product from a trusted company like 3M is an option we’re delighted to offer our customers.”

About Benco Dental


Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest family-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.” Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms.  Those design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas, feature North America’s largest selection of dental equipment and technology, as well as a hands-on dental design experience, to assist dentists in the planning and construction of a new office.

Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

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