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Volume 29 , Issue 3
May/June 2016

Pages 296298


Impact of Bruxism on Ceramic Defects in Implant-Borne Fixed Dental Prostheses: A Retrospective Study

Aikaterini Mikeli, DDS/Michael H. Walter, DDS, Prof Dr


PMID: 27148995
DOI: 10.11607/ijp.4610

Purpose: Ceramic veneer fracture is a frequent complication in implant-borne fixed restorations. The retrospective clinical study assesses the effect of bruxism on this complication. Materials and Methods: A sample of 507 implant-borne fixed units inserted between 1995 and 2011 in 144 patients were examined. Any detected veneer fractures were assigned to one of four groups according to extent and position. A hypothetical correlation between bruxism and ceramic veneer fractures was examined. Results: Of 34 patients (23.6%) with at least one ceramic veneer fracture, 24 were bruxers (70%) and 10 were nonbruxers (30%) (P = .002). Conclusion: Bruxism may pose a risk for ceramic fractures.


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