Author(s): Jacobs MS, Windeler AS
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Abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate the rate of type I zinc phosphate cement solubility as it relates to the degree of marginal opening. Standardized test samples were constructed that would simulate clinically relevant marginal gaps of 25, 50, 75, and 150 microns and their subsequent cement lines. The study was divided into two phases. Phase 1 evaluated the effects of simple diffusion on cement solubility in a static environment, whereas phase 2 investigated the effects of convective forces on cement dissolution in a dynamic environment. Both the phase 1 and phase 2 studies demonstrated no significant difference in the rate of cement dissolution for the 25-, 50-, and 75-micron test groups. The 150-micron test groups for both studies, however, demonstrated an increase in the rate of cement dissolution. The results of the phase 1 and phase 2 studies should not be compared because different methodologies were used.
This article was published in J Prosthet Dent
and referenced in JBR Journal of Interdisciplinary Medicine and Dental Science