Creating Natural Beauty through use of Lithium Disilicate

Aesthetic Smile

Creating Natural Beauty through use of Lithium Disilicate

St Lawrence Dentistry uses materials that offer outstanding aesthetics and high strength. Lithium disilicate glass-ceramic represents a unique material choice we provide to the Mississauga community.

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IPS Emax (made by Ivoclar Vivadent) is the brand used at St Lawrence Dentistry. It is composed primarily of quartz, lithium dioxide, phosphor oxide, alumina, and potassium oxide. Overall, this composition yields an excellent ceramic due to the low thermal expansion that results when processed.

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Dr. Hawryluk uses lithium disilicate material for dental inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns, and bridges. It can be made as thin as 0.3mm while still ensuring a whopping strength of 400 megapascals. As a result, the crowns demonstrate a monolithic strength with less drilling on your tooth.


Emax has dramatic improvements over traditional lithium disilicate materials, it combines beauty with high performance in the most impressive way. Emax has a higher value compared to conventional materials. Patients notice right off the bat if a crown on an upper central incisor looks grey or flat with Emax, we never have this issue. The brilliant aesthetics of Emax pop right out at you. Emax resonates with Dr. Hawryluk Jr. because it has a fluorescent look that is vibrant and alive. The decision to use Emax unlocked unlimited opportunities to provide our respected Mississauga dental patients the outcomes they deserve.

IPS emax

Aesthetics blend in with the use of Emax. Often at St. Lawrence Dentistry, we say new dental crowns delivered are Cameleon, meaning they blend in with the rest of the mouth. A vibrant, warm look, especially, at the tooth’s neck, allows the material to look right at home with your other teeth. When the restoration disappears without a trace at the gum line it brings to our patients. When you see your new dental crowns, you will immediately see that this Emax is a game-changer.

emax crowns

In the past, it was difficult to restore a tooth, which is both short and dark. Emax can block out this dark color with its opaque version and get a good bond strength to a shorter tooth. Fondly, at our Mississauga Dental office, we call this benefit a twofer in that we can deal with these two critical issues with one great material.

benefits lithium disilicate

We have witnessed the many benefits of lithium disilicate, and Dr. Hawryluk Jr. feels it is one of the best restorative materials available today. We can meet the most demanding patients’ expectations by using advanced predictable materials and techniques. The natural chameleon effect blows patients away. Dr. Hawryluk Jr. is a Mississauga Dentist in the Port Credit District. We invite you to visit us!

emax veneers

Glossary of Terms:

  • Value – the brightness of a color.
  • Quartz – a mineral consisting of silicon dioxide occurring in colorless and transparent or colored hexagonal crystals or crystalline masses.
  • Mineral – a solid inorganic substance of natural occurrence.

Reference: Viva Podcast; Cone (2020) Lithium Disilicate

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Dr. Allan Hawryluk

Allan Hawryluk Jr. is a Mississauga-based dentist who has built a reputation for comprehensive dental care. Born and raised in Port Credit, he returned after completing his dental residency in 2003 at the University of Colorado, Denver Health Sciences Center. He feels privileged to serve the community and is committed to maintaining our clinic standards set by his late father - Dr. Allan R. Hawryluk (Sr).