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OBJECTIVES: A laboratory study was performed with 232 specimens and 72 human enamel, 24 gold, 24 ceramic and 12 composite antagonists in 22 groups to test attritional and abrasive wear behavior of composite materials compared to wear behavior of human enamel. METHODS: Belleglass HP, Concept Inlay/Onlay, Targis and Targis Upgrade 99 composite resin for lab-made restorations was tested as well as Tetric Ceram and FHC Merz light as resins for direct restorations. Natural human enamel specimens served as control. All specimens were subjected to long-term thermo-mechanical loading in a computer-controlled masticator, chemical degradation and toothbrush/toothpaste abrasion. Wear of specimen in occlusal contact area (OCA), contact-free occlusal area and wear of natural enamel cusps as well as antagonists made of gold, ceramic and composite in identical form was measured after 120,000, 240,000, 640,000 and 1200,000 load cycles. A qualitative SEM analysis was performed to support quantitative data. RESULTS: Belleglass HP and Targis Upgrade 99 restorative materials showed wear resistance comparable to human enamel when loaded with enamel cusps. Wear of Targis versus composite and gold antagonists was significantly higher (p<0.0001). Analysis of surface alterations showed hygroscopic expansion in all composite resins during the test. CONCLUSIONS: As a consequence of this study, necessity to further improve physical properties of composites for long lasting restorations was obvious. Beside of attritional wear in OCA, attention must be given to stable filler-matrix interfaces and prevention of water sorption.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic for Preventive Dentistry, Periodontology and Cariology|
|DDC:||610 Medicine & health|
|Deposited On:||11 Feb 2008 13:24|
|Last Modified:||23 Nov 2012 13:27|
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