Source: Manufacturer's published data

SUMMARY: Crystal Ultra is by far the strongest esthetic ceramic material, higher than 3M Lava Ultimate, and higher than e.max, vita mark II and empress CAD, making Crystal Ultra the toughest dental material in use for cosmetic, minimally invasive and implant dentistry.

SCIENCE: The higher compressive strength of Crystal Ultra is the result of special manufacturing processes used to bond the glass and polymer materials, including the use of a special sylanated glass ceramic which chemically bonds to the polymers, as compared to other hybrid or ceramic materials that form no such chemical bond.

Compressive strength, which best simulates chewing forces in the mouth, is measured by applying both upward and downward pressure on an object until it breaks.  Unlike Flexural Strength, which similates breaking a stick over your knee and is measured many different ways according to different international standards, compressive strength is measured only one way according to one ISO standard.

STANDARDS: Compressive strength is measured according to International Standard ISO 4049 and ADA Specification 27.  Crystal Ultra specimens were tested in a universal testing machine at a crosshead speed of
1mm/min. Data were obtained in KGF and transformed into MPa using the following formula: 

RC = F x 9.807 / A


  • RC = compressive strength (MPa),
  • F = recorded force (kgf) multiplied by the constant 9.807(gravity), and
  • A = base area (7.06 mm2)

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  • Sep 8, 2018 - LMT East  - Philadelphia, PA
  • Sep 26-29, 2018 - AAID - Dallas, TX
  • Sep 28-29, 2018 - IDT - Phoenix, AZ
  • Oct 11-13, 2018 - DLOAC CAD/CAM Expo - Orange County, CA
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  • Feb 21-23, 2019 - CDS Midwinter - Chicago, IL
  • Feb 22-23, 2019 - LMT Chicago - Chicago, IL
  • Mar 13-16, 2019 - AO - Washington, DC

Crystal Ultra Specs

Physical Property Measurement
 Vickers Hardness (200 p)  710 MPa **
 Modulus of Elasticity 
(Young Modulus)
 10,000 MPa **
 Flexural Strength  175 MPa **
 Compressive Strength  480-500 MPa **
 Density  1.89 g/cm3
 Chemical Solubility  1.29 μg/cm3
 Water Absorption  16.94 μg/mm3
 Water Solubility  0.04 μg/mm3
 Biocompatibility  Confirmed
 Ceramic Filler  70.02% (wt)
 Color Stability  Confirmed
 Shade Consistency  Confirmed
 Surface Finish  Smooth
 Bond Strength  27-37 MPa