Journal of Applied Oral Science
Print version ISSN 1678-7757
DELLA BONA, Alvaro. Characterizing ceramics and the interfacial adhesion to resin: I - The relationship of microstructure, composition, properties and fractography. J. Appl. Oral Sci. [online]. 2005, vol.13, n.1, pp. 1-9. ISSN 1678-7757. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1678-77572005000100002.
The appeal of ceramics as structural dental materials is based on their light weight, high hardness values, chemical inertness, and anticipated unique tribological characteristics. A major goal of current ceramic research and development is to produce tough, strong ceramics that can provide reliable performance in dental applications. Quantifying microstructural parameters is important to develop structure/property relationships. Quantitative microstructural analysis provides an association among the constitution, physical properties, and structural characteristics of materials. Structural reliability of dental ceramics is a major factor in the clinical success of ceramic restorations. Complex stress distributions are present in most practical conditions and strength data alone cannot be directly extrapolated to predict structural performance.
Keywords : Ceramics; Microstructure; Fracture strength; Fracture toughness; Fracture surface.