Fracture behaviour of zirconia FPDs substructures: fractographic analysis of zirconia
2010 (English)In: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, ISSN 0305-182X, E-ISSN 1365-2842, Vol. 37, no 4, 292-299 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the occurrence of superficial flaws after machining and to identify fracture initiation and propagation in three-unit heat-treated machined fixed partial dentures (FPDs) substructures made of hot isostatic pressed (HIPed) yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (Y-TZP) after loaded to fracture. Four three-unit HIPed Y-TZP-based FPDs substructures were examined. To evaluate the occurrence of superficial flaws after machining, the surfaces were studied utilizing a fluorescent penetrant method. After static loading to fracture, characteristic fracture features on both mating halves of the fractured specimens were studied using a stereomicroscope and a scanning electron microscope. Grinding grooves were clearly visible on the surfaces of the machined FPDs substructures, but no other flaws could be seen with the fluorescent penetrant method. After loading to fracture, the characteristic fracture features of arrest lines, compression curl, fracture mirror, fracture origin, hackle and twist hackle were detected. These findings indicated that the decisive fracture was initiated at the gingival embrasure of the pontic in association with a grinding groove. Thus, in three-unit heat-treated machined HIPed Y-TZP FPDs substructures, with the shape studied in this study, the gingival embrasure of the pontic seems to be a weak area providing a location for tensile stresses when they are occlusally loaded. In this area, fracture initiation may be located to a grinding groove.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Blackwell Publishing Ltd , 2010. Vol. 37, no 4, 292-299 p.
ceramics, fixed partial denture, fractographic analysis, machined surface, Y-TZP, zirconia
Research subject Odontology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-31637DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2842.2009.02057.xISI: 000275206600009PubMedID: 20085616OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-31637DiVA: diva2:293637