Author(s): Karl M, Graef F, Wichmann M, Krafft T
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Abstract STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: There is less information on the quality of fit of zirconia frameworks with or without ceramic veneer than on anatomically contoured milled zirconia restorations. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the strain development of CAD/CAM fabricated zirconia ceramic frameworks with and without ceramic veneering, copy-milled zirconia ceramic frameworks, and copy-milled zirconia ceramic anatomic contour restorations. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Four groups of 3-unit implant-supported cement-retained restorations were fabricated (n=10) to fit an in vitro model with 2 implants. Strain gauges which recorded the strain development of all restorations during cementation were attached to the model mesially and distally adjacent to the implants. Mean absolute strain values were recorded for statistical analysis (MANOVA with Pillai's trace; α=.05). RESULTS: Mean absolute strain development at the different strain gauge locations ranged from 83.23 µm/m for copy-milled zirconia ceramic anatomic contour restorations to 301.20 µm/m for veneered CAD/CAM fabricated zirconia ceramic restorations. Significant effects (P<.001) of the fixed factors restoration type and veneering status, as well as of their interaction term (P=.001) were found. Ceramic veneering of CAD/CAM frameworks resulted in higher strain development, whereas the greater volume in copy-milled anatomic contour restorations did not affect accuracy. CONCLUSIONS: With the systems used in this study, zirconia ceramic-based anatomic contour restorations show greater passivity of fit than ceramic veneered CAD/CAM fabricated zirconia ceramic frameworks. Copyright © 2012 The Editorial Council of the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
This article was published in J Prosthet Dent
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