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      Use of woven glass fibres to reinforce a composite veneer. A fracture resistance and acoustic emission study.

      Journal of Oral Rehabilitation

      Surface Properties, Stress, Mechanical, chemistry, Silanes, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Microscopy, Electron, Scanning, Metal Ceramic Alloys, Materials Testing, Incisor, Humans, Glass, Dental Veneers, Dental Restoration Failure, Dental Prosthesis Repair, Dental Porcelain, Dental Materials, Dental Bonding, Crowns, Composite Resins, Analysis of Variance, Acoustics

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          The aim of this study was to investigate the possibility to reinforce the mechanically interlocked veneer of a porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crown by woven glass fibre. A simulated situation to repair a fractured porcelain veneer was used in the experimental test set-up. A brass jig made into the shape of a framework of PFM maxillary central incisor crown with a retentive area at the palatal side of the incisal edge was used. A veneer were made with a restorative hybrid composite on the brass jig (control group). In the test groups, one or two layers of woven polymer pre-impregnated glass fibres (thickness: 0.06 mm/layer) were used by pressing the fibre weaves to the surface of the brass jig. Restorative hybrid composite was applied on the glass fibre weaves. Five veneers were made for all groups and the veneers were not cemented on the test jig. The veneers were loaded from the incisal edge until fracture occurred. The force was measured simultaneously with an acoustic emission analysis (AE) of the fracture propagation. Fracture force values for control veneers were 121 N and for those reinforced with one layer of glass fibres 399 N and for those reinforced with two layers of glass fibres 744 N ANOVA revealed significant difference between the mean values (P=0.003). The AE analysis showed different fracture propagation for the unreinforced and glass fibre reinforced veneers. The results of this study suggests that by placing two layers of woven glass fibres on the retentively shaped metal framework of the PFM crown before applying the restorative composite, considerably higher fracture resistance for the veneer could be obtained.

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