(866) 755-4236 · (734) 623-4236 3110 West Liberty, Suite B · Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
(866) 755-4236 · (734) 623-4236
3110 West Liberty, Suite B · Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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Our Mission and Services

Apex, their name says it all. They have the pinnacle of lab technology with a state of the art facility and personalized fast service. I trust Apex Dental Milling for all my patients.
– Anthony Valentine, DDS

At Apex Dental Milling, we stay on the cutting edge of technology and provide the highest quality of dental restoration products. We want you to experience the finest dental technology with the most convenience. Each case we receive is handled with precision, detail, and care by our expert technicians and staff. Apex is an authorized BruxZir Milling Center. We also mill authentic Lava Esthetic Zirconia (made by 3M) and we press authentic e.max material (made by Ivoclar). All of our products are designed using the latest computer-aided design software and manufactured onsite. Let us help you with all your dental laboratory needs. We want to offer you the best quality of service that is simple and easy, yet innovative and beautiful.


Tooth Preparation Guidelines for Zirconia Crowns

Tooth Preparation Guidelines

  • Uniform tooth reduction of 1.0-1.5 mm for PFZ, 0.75-1.5mm for Full Contour
  • Circumferential chamfer
  • Rounded line angles
  • Reduce linguals of anteriors with football diamond to create concave lingual

Why Tooth Preparation Design is Important

  • Uniform reduction results in optimum ceramic strength
  • Adequate reduction leads to better esthetics
  • Smooth contouring decreases potential for fracture
  • Scanners read smooth preparations more accurately
  • Marginal adaption is optimal with chamfer margin

Tooth reduction for shaded zirconia crowns is less than that for PFM or traditional all-ceramic crowns. Zirconia is very strong (>900MPa) and an opaque layer is not required for PFZ.


Translation Guide for Vita 3D Master Shade to Vitapan Classical Shade

Vita 3D Master ShadeVitapan Classical Shade
OM1no shade
OM2no shade
OM3 no shade
1M1B1
1M2B2
2L1.5B2
2L2.5B2
2M1A1
2M2A2
2M3A3
2R1.5A2
2R2.5A2
3L1.5C2
3L2.5A3.5
3M1C1
3M2D3
3M3B4
3R1.5A3
3R2.5A3.5
4L1.5C3
4L2.5A4
4M1D2
4M2A3.5
4M3A4
4R1.5D3
4R2.5A4
5M1C4
5M2A4
5M3A4