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OCT and shear-force evaluations of zirconia Fixed Partial Prosthesis processed with a conventional CAD/CAM technology
Author(s): C. Zaharia; A. Gabor; C. Sinescu; F. I. Topala; M. L. Negrutiu; C. M. Levai; V. F. Duma; A. Bradu; A. Gh. Podoleanu
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Paper Abstract

Introduction. Dental ceramics show better biocompatibility and aesthetic properties in dental constructs with regard to metals. However, they also have an insufficient mechanical stability, as well as low resistance limits due to their fragility. Taking into account these aspects, glass infiltrated with ceramic materials such as alumina (i.e., zirconiareinforced ceramics) is being nowadays considered a better material for full fixed partial prostheses (FPPs) than ceramics: the former has a higher mechanical resistance, which makes it more appropriate for restoration areas, where there is an increased mechanical stress. The interest for zirconia is growing due both to its resistance and to the possibility to develop such prostheses using the CAD/CAM technology.

Materials and methods. 24 all ceramic FPPs created with CAD/CAM technology were used. The models were scanned with Zeno Wieland Scanner, a one touch scanning machine which requires between 45-60 s for a full model scan. The scanner provides 3 axis-architecture and automatic data processing. The zirconia infrastructures resulted from milling zirconia green disks in Wieland units, followed by the deposition of ceramic masses and then by burning procedures. All the samples were assessed with a Time Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (TD-OCT) system working at a wavelenght of 1300 nm. Using OCT investigations, material defects were detected in the areas of maximal tension, i.e. the connectors, the oclusal, and the cervical areas. These samples with defects in the above areas have not been considered for the study further on. Finally, the samples were loaded in a MultiTest 5 i Mecmesin system and tested until fracture occurred. The MultiTest 5-i creates tensile and compression forces of up to 5 kN.

Results and discussions. All the test samples survived a dynamic load of 1.2 x 107 cycles and a thermal cycle mixer simulator version; signs of failure in terms of fracture lines were observed in all samples. The average value of the force necessary to break the FPPs obtained from the tests is 1750 N.

Conclusions. Conventional metal-ceramic fixed partial dentures are still considered the standard for edentulous spaces in the posterior region. Therefore, the resistance of metal-ceramic fixed partial dentures has served in this study as a guide for new ceramics tests. All the values from this study conducted in FPP with zirconia frames were much lower than the values reported for metal ceramic fixed partial dentures (i.e., 2500-3000 N), but higher that 1000 N, which is considered the lowest resistance point to be utilized in the rear region of the oral cavity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 March 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9670, Sixth International Conference on Lasers in Medicine, 967010 (22 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2192980
Show Author Affiliations
C. Zaharia, Univ. of Medicine and Pharmacy Victor Babes Timisoara (Romania)
A. Gabor, Univ. of Medicine and Pharmacy Victor Babes Timisoara (Romania)
C. Sinescu, Univ. of Medicine and Pharmacy Victor Babes Timisoara (Romania)
F. I. Topala, Univ. of Medicine and Pharmacy Victor Babes Timisoara (Romania)
M. L. Negrutiu, Univ. of Medicine and Pharmacy Victor Babes Timisoara (Romania)
C. M. Levai, Univ. of Medicine and Pharmacy Victor Babes Timisoara (Romania)
V. F. Duma, Aurel Vlaicu Univ. of Arad (Romania)
Politehnica Univ. of Timisoara (Romania)
Univ. of West Timisoara (Romania)
A. Bradu, Univ. of Kent (United Kingdom)
A. Gh. Podoleanu, Univ. of Kent (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9670:
Sixth International Conference on Lasers in Medicine
Darinca Carmen Todea; Adrian Gh. Podoleanu; Virgil-Florin Duma, Editor(s)

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