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When should Captek be indicated?
The new Captek Nano™ group of materials have been made stronger and more versatile and can be used for any crown or bridge application. Using nano technology, Captek engineers have developed three distinct materials: Nano Bridge & Implant™ for all areas and high-stress uses where in the past only cast PFMs could be used, Universal for bicuspids and anteriors requiring strength and esthetics, and Nano Esthetic Zone™ for incisors and lower cuspids where an extra thin coping provides esthetic advantages. Captek Nano™ materials offer the same unrivaled fit & health and life-like esthetics Captek™ has always been known for. Please visit [our Website, page] for complete details on Captek Nano™ materials, their specifications and uses.
What type of preparation do I need for Captek?
Captek crowns and bridges can be made for any type of preparation, as lonf as basic dental principales are being kept. The Captek material can be as thin as 50 microns at the margins or as thick as a wide metal collar. All as preffered and indicated for the specific case and tooth.
How do I know I am really getting Captek?
The Captek Company provides Identalloy certificates to each Captek Certified Dental Lab. The certificates are to be made available for every Captek case you request, either delivered with the case or upon your request, even for Captek crowns and bridges that have been outsourced for fabrication. For additional assurance, you can call the Captek Company directly to inquire about your dental lab’s status.
How to find a technician that makes Captek?
Captek™ copings provide advanced and unique properties that can only be delivered by labs trained and Certified by the Captek™ Company. We would be happy to direct you to multiple labs that would be able to meet your needs. Additionally, we can help your current lab provide you with genuine Captek crowns and bridges through one of our outsourcing partners. They would provide Certified Captek copings for your ceramist to apply porcelain.
How do you know if the Lab is making Captek™?
Captek™ crowns and bridge frameworks can only be fabricated by dental labs trained and Certified by Captek Company technicians. Labs are requested to provide an Identalloy Sticker with each Captek™ case to certify authenticity. We would be happy to assure you by email or phone that your lab is authorized to fabricate Captek™ or is using an outsourcing partner to obtain genuine Captek™ copings.
How many Captek materials are there?
Using nano technology, Captek has been re engineered for three distinct purposes. The first Captek Nano material, and the strongest, is Bridge & Implant. At .275 mm thick, it can be used for any span bridge over implants or natural abutments, canilever bridges, precision attachments, and for all high stress occlusions such as bruxers for all teeth. At .25 mm thick, Captek Universal is perfect for bicuspids forward, blending strength with esthetic needs. Can Captek’s new extra thin Esthetic Zone (EZ), at about .2 mm, is perfect for incisors and lower cuspids where esthetic demands are the highest. All Captek Nano materials have the same best fit, unmatched plaque inhibition, and ease of use Captek is known for.
Why is Captek esthetically superior to all-ceramic restorations?
Captek offers complete color control, no matter the underlying tooth structure.
• Warm gold color mimics the vitality of living tooth structures, whereas ceramic cores are too transparent and grayish, or too white, which grossly increases the chroma.
• Patented reflective surface refracts and reflects light. This ability to capture and scatter reflected light adds a superior vitality and blending in effect.
• Captek supports beautiful crown color and tissue color as well *
• More conservative preparation
• Helps make even the whitest bleached shade look vital
Research from Harvard indicated that the tissue surrounding Captek™ crowns had the closest appearance to the gingivae of the adjacent natural teeth when compared to all-ceramics, aluminum and metal cores.*
Is Captek™ indicated for combination cases with all-ceramics or veneers?
Yes. Captek™ is an ideal esthetic solution for combination cases. Captek provides a perfect canvas that breathes life into full coverage restorations and makes it easy to match with surrounding veneers.
Is Captek strong enough for molars?
Yes. The original Captek tested at Boston University was found to have the same porcelain load-to-failure strength as non precious, semi precious, and high noble PFMs. However, Captek’s new Bridge & Implant material is as much as 30% stronger. The compressive strength of all Captek materials is maintained when total occlusal thickness is at least 1.5 mm. Accounting for the possibility of super eruption, why we suggest occlusal reduction of 2 mm.
Can Captek be used for bridges?
Yes. Captek labs report they have more success with Captek bridges than any other material. That’s because Captek internal frames don’t distort like other materials when porcelain is baked. In addition to the precise passive fit, Captek bridges measured for load-to-porcelain failure and found to be as strong as PFM and zirconia bridges are now even stronger. Captek’s new Nano Bridge & Implant material is strong enough to support long-span bridges of any length over natural or implant abutments, and strong enough to support a single pontic cantilever.
Can a metal collar be used with Captek?
Yes. Captek metal collars are ideal on the linguals where reduction is minimal and for interproximals to help with caries prevention. And because bevel and feather margins end at point of zero reduction, buccal metal collars make it easier to obtain a proper emergence profile and eliminate thin margin porcelain that can chip. You can also count on Captek metal collars to remain esthetic when placed sub gingivally. That’s because Captek has been formulated to match the color of live dentin.
Should Captek™ be considered for patients with or without periodontal conditions?
Yes. Captek™ is a healthy solution for all patients who need to keep their soft tissues healthy over time. In fact, Captek is considered by some to be the “Perio- Crown™”. Captek induces a healthy tissue response around it, and can be placed sub-gingivally.
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