It is strong, it is pre-shaded like natural teeth, and it is reliable: KATANA™ Zirconia HTML PLUS, the highest strength version among KATANATM multi-layered zirconia series. Now, Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. has carefully optimized the product to further improve its optical properties and to harmonize the sintering schedules with all other materials of the KATANA™ Zirconia Multi-Layered products.
The new KATANA™ Zirconia HTML PLUS offers all popular properties of its predecessor, including the multi-layered colour structure and uniform strength distribution throughout the tooth. It is suitable for a variety of indications including long-span bridges with a minimum wall thickness of just 0.4 mm in the anterior and 0.5 mm in the posterior region. This allows for minimally invasive preparations, while the user may choose between a monolithic, cut-back or framework design combined with the preferred finishing technique.
The PLUS refers to additional benefits like the material’s improved optical properties: KATANA™ Zirconia HTML PLUS offers an increased translucency of 45 percent (compared to 43 percent KATANA™ Zirconia HTML) and an even more natural shade appearance of the manufactured restorations. “As the colour of the restorations appears deeper, more vivid and more saturated, and the translucency is closer to that of natural teeth, a great optical integration is achieved straight away. This leads to a reduced finishing effort”, says Mathias Fernandez Y Lombardi, EU Scientific Manager Dental Ceramics & CAD/CAM Materials at Kuraray Noritake Dental. At the same time, the high flexural strength (1,150 MPa) is maintained, providing for an unlimited range of indications.
Like its predecessor and all other materials of the KATANA™ Zirconia Multi-Layered product line, KATANA™ Zirconia HTMLPLUS is a in-house development, powder compilation and blank production process that is able to be controlled in every detail. This enabld our specialists to achieve a precise alignment of the desired properties, while maintaining a high quality that leads to the accurate milling results with smooth surfaces and regular edges users of KATANA™ Zirconia HTML are familiar with.
The unique powder composition and specific in-house production procedure also allowed us to streamline the sintering protocols. For single-tooth restorations and bridges with up to three units, three different protocols are available: a 54-minute high-speed sintering programme specifically developed for remake and rush cases, a 90-minute schedule and the traditional seven-hour sintering program. The latter is also suitable for long-span restorations.
These three options and identical schedules are available for KATANA™ Zirconia HTML PLUS, KATANA™ Zirconia UTML, KATANA™ Zirconia STML and the new KATANA™ Zirconia YML with additional flexural strength and technical translucency gradation. With this feature, it becomes extraordinarily easy to standardize procedures despite an indication-specific selection of the best-suited KATANA™ Multi-Layered Zirconia.
Mathias Fernandez Y Lombardi concludes: “KATANA™ Zirconia HTML PLUS is completely in line with our philosophy of developing products that support their users in streamlining and simplifying procedures without limiting choices. Users may choose from a whole range of highly specialized or universal zirconia solutions, may opt for their preferred design and finishing technique, and can select the sintering protocol that suits their individual needs. At the same time, the manual effort is reduced and the risk of starting the wrong sintering program is eliminated.”