Quantifying the Strength of a Resin-coated Dental Ceramic

Owen Addison, Peter Marquis, GJ Fleming

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Resin luting all-ceramic restorations increases clinical performance; however, the strengthening mechanisms are not fully understood. The authors have previously proposed the existence of a resin-ceramic hybrid layer, and the hypothesis tested was that ceramic strength enhancement was conferred by the characteristics of the resin-ceramic hybrid layer. Dentin porcelain discs were polished with a P4000-grade abrasive paper, and half were centrally indented at 9.8 N. Further discs were alumina-air-abraded. Groups of 30 specimens were coated with resin cement thicknesses varying from 0 to 250 +/- 20 microm before bi-axial flexure testing. Following investigation of residual stresses by annealing, regression analysis enabled us to calculate the magnitude of 'actual' strengthening for a theoretical 'zero' thickness of resin cement on each surface texture. Accounting for resin bulk strengthening, resin cement coating significantly increased the mean strength that was attributed to a resin-ceramic hybrid layer sensitive to surface texture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-547
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Dental Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008


  • bi-axial flexure strength
  • feldspathic porcelain
  • resin cement thickness


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