Clinical Science| Volume 114, ISSUE 5, P633-636, November 2015

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Veneered zirconia crowns as abutment teeth for partial removable dental prostheses: A clinical 4-year retrospective study

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      Statement of problem

      The mechanical properties of zirconia suggest that it might serve as a material for abutment crowns for partial removable dental prostheses (RDPs). Only limited clinical evidence is available for the use of ceramics as abutment crowns.


      The purpose of this retrospective clinical study was to evaluate the outcome of veneered zirconia single crowns in abutment teeth for RPDs in participants treated by predoctoral students.

      Material and methods

      Thirty-seven veneered zirconia single crowns in 17 participants (9 men and 8 women; mean age 62.5 years) were prepared as abutment teeth for a clasp-retained RDP with a metal framework: 22 crowns with an occlusal rest seat and 15 crowns with both an occlusal rest seat and retentive clasps. The mean follow-up time was 4.2 years (2.9 to 5.4 years). In a clinical examination, the anatomic form of the crown, marginal fidelity (the border between the crown and the tooth was felt with an explorer), wear of the ceramic surface in the rest seat, and fracture of the veneering porcelain were examined and assessed as good, acceptable, or unacceptable. The retention and stability of the RDPs were recorded as good, moderate, or poor.


      The complications found were fracture of the veneering porcelain (11%) and fracture of the occlusal rest seat (3%). Wear of porcelain at the occlusal contact point was found in 24% of the zirconia single crowns. Wear of the ceramic surfaces of the rest seats for the RDPs was not found. The retention was good in all RDPs. The stability was good in 73% and moderate in 23% of the RDPs.


      Veneered zirconia single crowns are suitable in abutment teeth for RDPs with a metal framework. Fracture in the veneering porcelain remains a problem with veneered zirconia, although the zirconia surface in the rest seats for RDPs showed no wear.
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