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Volume 29 , Issue 3
May/June 2016

Pages 256258

Marginal Vertical Discrepancies of Monolithic and Veneered Zirconia and Metal-Ceramic Three-Unit Posterior Fixed Dental Prostheses

Carlos Lopez-Suarez, DDS, PhD/Esther Gonzalo, DDS, PhD/Jesus Pelaez, DDS, PhD/Benjamin Serrano, MD, DDS, PhD/Maria J. Suarez, MD, DDS, PhD

PMID: 27148985
DOI: 10.11607/ijp.4541

Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate and compare the marginal fit of posterior fixed dental prostheses (FDPs) made of monolithic and veneered computer-aided design/computer-assisted manufacture (CAD/CAM) zirconia ceramic with metal-ceramic posterior FDPs. Materials and Methods: Thirty standardized steel dies were prepared to receive posterior three-unit FDPs. Specimens were randomly divided into three groups (n = 10): (1) metal-ceramic (control group), (2) veneered zirconia, and (3) monolithic zirconia. All FDPs were cemented using a glass-ionomer cement. The specimens were subjected to thermal cycling (5C to 55C). A scanning electron microscope (SEM) with a magnification of 500 was used for measurements. The data were statistically analyzed using one-way analysis of variance and paired t test. Results: Both zirconia groups showed similar vertical marginal discrepancies, and no significant differences (P = .661) in marginal adaptation were observed among the groups. No differences were observed in either group in marginal discrepancies between surfaces or abutments. Conclusion: Monolithic zirconia posterior FDPs exhibit similar vertical marginal discrepancies to veneered zirconia posterior FDPs. No influence of localization measurements was observed.

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