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SILVA, Flavio Teixeira da; ANDREIUOLO, Rafael and SABROSA, Carlos Eduardo. Mechanical behavior of non veneered three unit fixed partial dentures of alumina-zirconia Under cyclic load in wet environment. Mat. Res. [online]. 2010, vol.13, n.1, pp. 107-111. ISSN 1516-1439. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-14392010000100021.
The aim of this study was to evaluate the fatigue behavior in wet environment of a ZTA three unit FPDs processed via CAD-CAM. Thirty four three unit FPDs (In-Ceram®Zirconia BZ blanks) were grinded through a CEREC In-Lab equipment followed by glass infiltration and sandblasting. Those frameworks were then submitted to different number of load cycles (400 N, 1 Hz). The FPDs that did not fractured by fatigue were submitted to a bending test in order to determine the influence of load cycling on its residual load. The non-parametric Kruskal-Wallis of those tests have shown with a 95% confidence, that there is a clear relation between the number of load cycles and its residual load. The fracture mode most frequently encountered on those FPDs was through the distal connector.
Keywords : alumina-zirconia; CAD-CAM; three unit FPD; cyclic fatigue.