If you are looking for the perfect inlay material for your daily practice, look no further than VITA ENAMIC ST. The super translucent CAD/CAM block for efficient chairside treatment is based on the clinically proven hybrid ceramic blueprint, which has been in use since 2013. Under pressure and heat, a porous pre-sintered fine structure feldspar ceramic block (86 % by weight) is infiltrated with a polymer (14 % by weight). The dual network also offers clear advantages with regard to inlay treatment: the minimum layer thickness in the isthmus range is only one millimeter, which allows for a minimally invasive and defect-oriented preparation. The precise edges and the excellent edge stability offer a perfect fit. Firing is not required. After grinding, the restoration is finished and polished, then ready for integration. If desired, the light-curing stains from the VITA ENAMIC STAINS kit can also be used for individualization and glazing.
VITA ENAMIC ST hybrid ceramic – everything else is just composite
Due to the dominant ceramic network, the material can be etched and silanized in the usual way with hydrofluoric acid. This not only leads to best adhesion values when fully adhesive bonding is used, but also saves the need to purchase a sand blasting unit, which is required with CAD/CAM composite blocks, which are often incorrectly referred to as hybrid ceramics as well. Unlike in VITA ENAMIC, a dual network material is not possible with composites, where, glass or ceramic fillers are embedded in a typical polymer matrix. VITA ENAMIC ST is suitable for all restorations surrounded by enamel: inlays, onlays and table tops. In this case history documentation, Prof. Dr. Alexander Hassel (Mannheim, Germany) describes an easy and efficient way to fabricate a VITA ENAMIC ST restoration, and demonstrates how the highly translucent restoration with the chameleon effect merges optically and functionally with the residual substance of the tooth.