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Brazilian Dental Journal

Print version ISSN 0103-6440On-line version ISSN 1806-4760

Braz. Dent. J. vol.30 no.2 Ribeirão Preto Mar./Apr. 2019  Epub Apr 04, 2019

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0103-6440201902101 

Article

Surface Topography, Gloss and Flexural Strength of Pressable Ceramic After Finishing-Polishing Protocols

Fernanda P. Silva1  2 
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8280-4819

Ana L. R. Vilela1 
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1020-8273

Matheus M. G. Almeida1 

André R. F. Oliveira3 
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9390-9453

Luís H. A. Raposo4 
http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2726-9133

Murilo S. Menezes1 
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5912-310X

1 Department of Operative Dentistry and Dental Materials, School of Dentistry, UFU - Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG, Brazil

2Department of Dentistry, School of Dentistry, UniRV- University of Rio Verde, Rio Verde, GO, Brazil

3School of Mechanical Engineering, UFU - Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG, Brazil

4Department of Occlusion, Fixed Prosthodontics and Dental Materials, School of Dentistry, UFU - Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG, Brazil


Abstract

This study evaluated the effect of different finishing-polishing protocols on surface roughness, gloss, morphology and biaxial flexural strength of pressable fluorapatite glass ceramic. Thirty ceramic discs (12x1 mm) were produced and divided into five groups (n=6): CT: control (glaze); DA: fine grit diamond bur; DG: DA + new glaze layer; DP: DA + felt disk with fine grit diamond paste; DK: DA+ sequential polishing with silicon abrasive instruments, goat hair brush and cotton wheel. The specimens were analyzed for surface roughness (Ra) under profilometry and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Gloss was measured with spectrophotometry and micromorphology with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Flexural strength was assessed by biaxial flexural strength test. Data were analyzed using one-way ANOVA and Tukey’s post hoc test (a=0.05). DK showed the lowest surface roughness values and DA presented the highest in the perfilometer analysis. No significant differences were observed in the AFM for the CT, DG and DK groups, which presented the lower surface roughness; DA and DP had the higher Ra values. The DA, DP and CT showed the lowest surface gloss values, and the reflectance was significantly different from those observed for DK and DG groups. SEM analysis revealed the smoothest surface for DK group, followed by DG and CT groups; DA and DP groups exhibited variable degrees of surface irregularities. No significant differences were observed among groups for the biaxial flexural strength. The polishing protocol used in DK group can be a good alternative for chairside finishing of adjusted pressable fluorapatite glass ceramic surfaces.

Key-Words: ceramics; roughness; surface; polishing

Resumo

O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o efeito de diferentes protocolos de acabamento e polimento na rugosidade da superfície, brilho, resistência à flexão biaxial e morfologia de cerâmica prensada. Trinta discos de cerâmica (12x1 mm) foram produzidos e divididos em cinco grupos (n=6): CT- controle (glaze); DA- ponta diamantada de granulação fina; DG: DA + nova camada de glaze; DP: DA + disco de feltro com pasta de diamante de granulo fino; DK: DA + polimento sequencial com instrumentos abrasivos de silício, escova de cabra e roda de algodão. Os espécimes foram analisados quanto à rugosidade da superfície (Ra) sob profilometria e microscopia de força atômica (AFM). O brilho foi medido com espectrofotometria e a micromorfologia com microscopia eletrônica de varredura (SEM). A resistência à flexão foi avaliada pelo teste de resistência à flexão biaxial. Os dados foram analisados ​​usando ANOVA um fator e teste post hoc de Tukey (a=0,05). DK mostrou mais baixos valores de rugosidade da superfície e DA apresentou o maior na análise do perfilômetro. Não foram observadas diferenças significativas no AFM para os grupos CT, DG e DK, que apresentaram a menor rugosidade de superfície; DA e DP apresentaram os maiores valores Ra. O DA, DP e CT mostraram valores de brilho superficial mais baixos, e a reflectância foi significativamente diferente da observada para os grupos DK e DG. A análise de SEM revelou a superfície mais homogênea para o grupo DK, seguido de grupos DG e CT; Os grupos DA e DP exibiram graus variáveis de irregularidades da superfície. Não foram observadas diferenças significativas entre os grupos quanto à resistência à flexão biaxial. O protocolo de polimento utilizado no grupo DK pode ser uma boa alternativa para o acabamento em consultório das superfícies de cerâmicas prensadas após ajustes.

Introduction

Dental ceramics are currently one of the most popular restorative materials because of their natural and esthetic appearance, low heat conduction, good mechanical properties and wear resistance 1. These materials have been extensively used over metallic structures or in all-ceramic restorations like inlays, onlays, veneers and full crowns 2.

Ceramic restorations are commonly fabricated by dental laboratories using different techniques, such as CAD/CAM and press-over. In the heat pressing technique, a final contour wax-up can be made on the sintered zirconia framework and invested, burned out, and pressed with flourapatite pressable ceramic. This technique has the advantages of being faster, with detailed and esthetic reproduction of the wax-up, presenting less distortion, increased marginal accuracy, and being less costly 3,4. During the restoration fabrication process, a final glaze surface is created in the restoration with an oven firing process, by natural or additive procedures 5. This process results in restorations with smooth and biocompatible surface 6, which can improve the flexural strength and preserves surface gloss 7. However, despite the careful procedures taken by the practitioner and dental technician to produce indirect restorations, it is not uncommon to perform clinical adjustments in the glazed ceramic surface using diamond burs or other instruments for correcting occlusal contacts and/or inadequate contours 8. After performing clinical adjustments, surface roughness of ceramic restorations will predictably increase 8. The rough surfaces can cause biofilm accumulation 8, and may lead to severe wearing of opposite teeth 9. Furthermore rough or irregular ceramic surfaces may cause stress concentration and initiate cracking propagation, resulting in premature failure of the restoration 10.

Hence, all adjusted ceramic restorations should be submitted to a further polishing protocol since surface quality is essential for clinical success 11. Finishing and polishing procedures are important for reducing the roughness of adjusted ceramic surfaces 1,2, preventing discoloration of roughened areas in order to maintain the natural appearance 1,7, as the gloss of the ceramic surface is commonly restored 7. Currently, several systems for finishing-polishing of dental ceramics are available in the market. These systems can be effective in producing a regular surface and save working time after small ceramic adjustments, since it is not necessary to return the restorations to the dental laboratory 2.

Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of different surface treatments on the surface roughness, gloss, morphology and biaxial flexural strength of a pressable fluorapatite glass ceramic. The null hypothesis tested was that the different surface treatments would not influence the physical properties of the pressable ceramic as compared to ceramic surfaces obtained with laboratory glaze procedures.

Material and Methods

Specimen Preparation

Thirty pressable fluorapatite glass ceramic discs, 12 mm in diameter and 1 mm thick, were fabricated according to the manufacturer’s recommendations (IPS e.max ZirPress, Ivoclar Vivadent, Schaan, Liechtenstein). For preparing the specimens, standard disc-shaped acrylic resin patterns (Duralay, Reliance Dental Manufacturing, Chicago, IL, USA) were confectioned (n=5). The resin discs were polished with silicon carbide abrasive papers (#180, 320, 600, Norton, Campinas, SP, Brazil) until the correct thickness was obtained. A digital caliper (Mitutoyo, Santo Amaro, SP, Brazil) was used to ensure consistency in the dimensions of the resin patterns.

The specimens in acrylic resin were invested in a phosphate-based investment material (IPS PressVest, Ivoclar Vivadent). Resin patterns were eliminated in a proper furnace and prefabricated pressable fluorapatite glass ceramic ingots were then pressed using the lost-wax technique. The pressing process was carried out in a press furnace (EP3010, Ivoclar Vivadent) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After divesting, specimens were polished with silicon carbide abrasive papers (#600) followed by ultrasonic cleaning in distilled water for 10 min. Sequentially, all specimens were polished with abrasive rubber discs and submitted to glazing firing using glaze paste (e.max Glaze Paste, Ivoclar Vivadent). This process was performed with Ivoclar preset programming P310 furnace protocol (Ivoclar Vivadent) (initial temperature 403 °C; temperature rise 60°/min; final glazing temperature 770 ºC for 90 s; vacuum initiated at 450 ºC and released at 769 ºC). Ten minutes after opening the furnace, the discs were removed, and bench cooled.

Groups

The specimens were randomly divided into 5 groups (n=6) according to surface treatments: CT- control group (glaze); DA- surface abrasion with fine grit diamond bur (#4137F, KG Sorensen, Barueri, SP, Brazil); DG- abrasion with fine grit diamond bur (#4137F) followed by application of a new glaze layer; DP: abrasion with fine grit diamond bur (#4137F), followed by polishing with felt disk (DHPro; Paranaguá, PR, Brazil) impregnated with fine-grit diamond paste (Diamond Excel, KG Sorensen); DK- abrasion with fine grit diamond bur (#4137F), followed by sequential polishing with silicon carbide abrasive instruments (coarse, medium, and fine grit), goat hair brush and cotton wheel (DHPro). One trained operator subjected all the specimens from each group to the respective finishing-polishing protocols for 30 s using slow-speed hand piece (Kavo Kerr, Biberach, Germany) to simulate clinical procedures. Each polisher was used with the same slow-speed hand piece maintaining uniform and intermittent pressure for all groups. The equipment was set to 9,000 rpm. After the surface treatments, all specimens were ultrasonically cleaned in distilled water for 10 min.

Surface Roughness

For analyzing the surface roughness of the specimens, the arithmetic mean (Ra- average surface roughness) was assessed with a digital profilometer (Surftest SJ-410; Mitutoyo Corp, Tokyo, Japan). For measuring the roughness profile value in micrometers (µm), a diamond stylus with 5µm tip radius was moved across the surface under a constant load of 4 mN with a speed of 0.25 mm/s and a range of 0.8mm. Three traces were recorded for each specimen at three different positions (parallel, perpendicular, and oblique), resulting in nine tracings per specimen. The mean surface roughness was then calculated for each specimen.

An atomic force microscope (AFM, XE-70; Park Systems Inc. Santa Clara, CA, USA) operated in no contact mode, was used to obtain quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the specimens. In no contact mode, the force between the AFM tip and the specimen surface was kept constant by the microscope feedback system, while the specimen surface was scanned beneath the AFM tip and the vertical piezoelectric ceramic movement was recorded. Images with 512 x 512 pixels were acquired with a scan size of 20 µm x 20 µm at a scan rate of 1.00 Hz. An NP-type V-shape Si3N4 cantilever with a tip radius of approximately 10 nm was used. The AFM obtained a 3-dimensional image of the surface of the specimen. Two different areas were measured in each specimen at different regions, all located in the center of the object. The surface roughness parameters Ra were then calculated in both slow and fast scanning directions using the built-in functions of the Mountains map 3.0.0.1 software. Means and standard deviation of surface roughness were then determined.

Spectrophotometric Reflectance

The reflectance values of the specimens were measured using a spectrophotometer (USB4000, Ocean Optics, Winter Park, FL, USA) associated with an optical fiber cable. The specimens were positioned in a device platform and a light bean was focused over the ceramic surface to allow measuring the intensity of reflected light. For each specimen four measurements were conducted. Data were recorded on Origin 8.0 software (Origin 8.0, OriginLab Corporation, Northampton, MA, USA).

Biaxial Flexural Strength

The biaxial flexural strength of the discs was checked with a tension-compression device (DL2000, EMIC, São José dos Pinhais, PR, Brazil) at a crosshead-speed of 0.5 mm/min. The specimens were orientated so the finished-polished surfaces were subjected to compressive stressing and tested according to ISO 6872 12. To support the specimens, 3 hardened steel balls (3.2 mm in diameter) were placed at an angle of 120 degrees relative to each other. The diameter of the support circle was 10 mm. Each specimen was centrally located on the supports and the loading was applied at the center of the glazed surfaces of the specimens. A flat piston (1.4±0.2 mm in diameter) was used during loading until fracture of the specimens. At this point, the fracture load was recorded.

Scanning Electron Microscopy Analysis

Representative specimens of each group were selected to evaluate the effects of the surface treatments on the micromorphology of the ceramic discs. The specimens were analyzed under scanning electron microscope (SEM, Leica EM SCD050, Leica Microsystems, Wetzlar, Germany) at 15.0 kV, after sputter-coating with a thin film of gold. The SEM photomicrographs were taken with 100´ magnification for qualitative analysis of the specimens.

Statistical Analysis

The data were analyzed using the SigmaStat v.3.5 statistical software package (Systat Software Inc., Chicago, IL, USA). The surface roughness, spectrophotometric reflectance and biaxial flexural strength data were individually submitted to one-way analysis of variance followed by Tukey’s test (a=0.05), since data presented normal distribution based on the Shapiro-Wilk test (p>0.05).

Results

Surface Roughness

The results for the surface roughness are summarized in Table 1. For the perfilometry, significant differences were found among the surface roughness of the experimental groups (p<0.001). Specimens from DK group presented the lowest mean surface roughness values and DA group presented the highest mean surface roughness.

Table 1 Means values and standard deviation (±) for the experimental conditions 

Group Surface roughness - Ra (µm) Gloss values (Gloss Unit- GU) Biaxial flexural strength (MPa)
Perfilometry AFM
CT 0.83±0.12 b 0.10±0.05 a 3356.8 ±3455 ab 100.6±17.72 a
DA 1.53±0.13 d 0.27±0.12 b 3349.7±3325 b 101.5±19.34 a
DG 0.84±0.06 b 0.12±0.10 a 3360.8±5336 a 124.1±17.84 a
DP 1.17±0.10 c 0.30±0.14 b 3350.7±4771 b 116.2±10.51 a
DK 0.38±0.51 a 0.09±0.02 a 3364.7±5893 a 119.6±32.17 a

CT: control (glaze); DA: fine grit diamond bur; DG: DA + new glaze layer; DP: DA + felt disk with fine grit diamond paste; DK: DA+ sequential polishing with silicon abrasive instruments, goat hairbrush and cotton wheel. *Distinct lowercase letters indicate statistically significant differences among groups in columns (p< 0.05). Means (95% confidence intervals) for the different tested response variables.

The AFM analysis showed that the groups submitted to the glazing process, CT and DG, and to the sequential finishing-polishing protocol (DK) presented the lower mean surface roughness values (p<0.001) (Table I). The group abraded with fine grit diamond bur only (DA) followed by polishing with fine-grit diamond paste (DP) showed the highest mean surface roughness. The AFM images obtained from the specimens corroborate with the measured roughness values (Fig.1 A-E), showing the different surface roughness characteristics for all the surface treatments.

Figure 1 Representative AFM images of the topographic profiles at the ceramic surfaces of each experimental group: A: CT- control group (glaze); B: DA- fine grit diamond bur; C: DG- fine grit diamond bur + new glaze layer; D: DP- fine grit diamond bur + felt disk with fine grit diamond paste; E: DK- fine grit diamond bur + sequential polishing with silicon abrasive instruments, goat hair brush and cotton wheel. 

Spectrophotometric Reflectance

One-way analysis of variance identified significant differences in the gloss verified among the experimental groups (p<0.001). The DA and DP groups presented the lowest gloss values. DK and DG groups showed the highest gloss values. The CT group exhibited intermediary gloss values, not differing statistically from the other experimental groups.

Biaxial Flexural Strength

One-way ANOVA showed the surface treatments had no significant effect on the biaxial flexural strength of the groups (p=0.274), which showed the following mean strength values (MPa): CT (100.6±17.72), DA (101.5±19.34), DG (124.1±17.84), DP (116.2±10.51) and DK (119.6±32.17).

SEM Analysis

SEM analysis confirmed the roughness findings, with DG and DK groups exhibiting a morphological pattern similar to that of CT group with a smoother surface (Fig. 2A, 2C and 2E). The DA and DP groups exhibited variable degrees of surface irregularities (Fig. 2B and 2D). The surface irregularities and voids were reduced by sequential polishing with abrasive silicon carbide points (DK), even though, some voids still persisted after using this protocol (Fig. 2E).

Figure 2 Superficial morphological pattern (100× magnification): A: CT- control group (glaze); B: DA- fine grit diamond bur; C: DG- fine grit diamond bur + new glaze layer; D: DP- fine grit diamond bur + felt disk with fine grit diamond paste; E: DK- fine grit diamond bur + sequential polishing with silicon abrasive instruments, goat hair brush and cotton wheel. 

Discussion

The null hypothesis was rejected, since the different surface treatments tested affected the physical properties of the pressable fluorapatite glass ceramic evaluated as compared to ceramic surfaces obtained with laboratory glaze procedures.

The wide application of dental ceramics in contemporary restorative dentistry has created numerous concerns for the clinicians regarding the correct protocols for finishing and polishing these restorations when clinical adjustments are needed. As seen, ceramic restorations needs suitable surface treatments procedures to achieve smooth surfaces, avoiding biofilm accumulation, crack propagation 8, decrease in the porcelain strength 10, besides reducing the wear of the opposing natural teeth as well as restorative surfaces 9. The application of a glass ceramic layer by the glazing process is considered the gold standard after performing adjustments in ceramic restorations 6; however, it has some disadvantages, such as, additional time due to the laboratory processing and the impossibility to be made after luting procedures 13.

The surface roughness and gloss of dental ceramics varies according to the methods and materials/instruments used during laboratory manufacturing. Attempting to reestablish surface smoothness to roughened ceramics after clinical adjustments, several chairside ceramic finishing/polishing systems are available nowadays, although there is still controversy about their effectiveness in literature. The finishing and polishing protocol used for the DK group presented the best performance among all protocols, with similar results to the CT group. On the other hand, as one would expect, the group in which only finishing with fine grit diamond burs was carried out, showed the worst performance among all the experimental groups. This fact is particularly important to aware clinicians when performing chairside adjustments of glazed ceramic restorations before or after luting procedures, since special attention should be given for recovering surface characteristics similar to laboratory glazed or polished restorations.

To fully characterize the surface of pressable ceramic after using different surface treatments, a multimatic approach was employed. A perfilometer and atomic force microscope (AFM) were used to measure the roughness of the ceramic sufaces. The SEM and AFM techniques were also employed to qualitatively evaluate the morphology and surface texture of the specimens. In the current study, no contact mode was used in the AFM to evaluate the surface roughness of ceramics as this approach has had several advantages when compared to other methods 14. The resolution of an optical light sensor is considerably higher than the mechanical pen used in contact scanners 15. Thus, the roughness values obtained using this technique are more precise, especially when evaluating very smooth surfaces such those of dental ceramics after finishing/polishing procedures. In addition, non-contact acquisition mode for assessing roughness avoids surface damage that could be caused by a contact mechanical sensor, what could produce biased results 15. Since several authors found significant differences between the roughness values obtained using these two methodologies 14, direct comparison of the Ra values of the present study with the reports of other studies, as well as the reported threshold, must be conducted with caution.

The assessment of surface roughness with perfilometry and AFM was calculated by using the Ra parameter. The results showed that the DK group presented the lower surface roughness. These results are in accordance with previous studies 1,16,17 which found similar roughness values between glass ceramics submitted to glaze or sequential polishing with silicon carbide abrasive instruments 2,14,18. The DK group specimens have been submitted to sequential finishing/polishing with abrasive silicon carbide points with coarse, medium and fine grit, associated to goat hairbrush and cotton wheel, what may explain the findings of the present study. The abrasives particles of the silicon carbide points are hard enough to remove the irregularities from the ceramic surfaces 16, and final polishing with extremely fine abrasive materials are capable to reduce roughness 18. The CT and DG groups showed satisfactory results in the AFM analysis as the glaze procedures obliterates the irregularities present at the ceramic surface, improving surface smoothness 7.

The size of abrasive particles has a fundamental role in the resulting topographic characteristics of ceramic materials submitted to finishing/polishing protocols with different instruments. However, in this study, the experimental group submitted to finishing with diamond paste (DP) containing only homogeneous particle size, has not shown satisfactory surface roughness compared to CT group. This fact, can be explained because the polishing paste cannot promote an efficient polishing when used alone, showing that these materials needs to be associated to other polishing systems for dental ceramics 16. The DA group presented the highest surface roughness, showing that ceramic adjustments performed only with diamond points may cause grooves and gaps on the ceramic surface. These surface irregularities must be polished after the adjustment procedures in order to reduce the risk of crack propagation on the ceramic surface.

The SEM images confirmed the results found in the profilometer and AFM analyses. The DK group showed the most homogeneous and smooth surface, with few bubbles and flaws being detected 16. Groups DG and CT presented similar surface characteristics to DK, with no relevant irregularities, but showing few bubbles due to the glazing process. DA group also showed the worst surface characteristics on the SEM images followed by the DP group, which presented several surfaces irregularities, grooves and gaps. The use of the polishing diamond paste after the adjustment procedures using diamond burs was not effective in regularizing the ceramic surface, since the diamond particles were not sufficient to produce a smooth surface, as shown by the SEM images. As expected, DA group showed the highest irregularities in the surface which were caused by the abrasion of the diamond burs following adjustments without subsequent polishing. Again, this finding highlights the importance of performing chairside polishing of ceramic restorations after adjustments using diamond burs 19. Additionally, maybe the use of a polishing paste after the finishing/polishing protocol from DK group could provide a slight improvement in the surface roughness when used, but, it was not effective in removing the irregularities when used isolated, as shown in the SEM images from DP group.

The spectrophotometric reflectance evaluated the surface gloss of the pressable ceramic. The surface gloss represent the amount of specular (mirror-like) reflection from a surface 19,20. Therefore, gloss is affected by the index of refraction of a material (measure of the ability of a material to change the velocity and direction of incident light upon contact with its surface) and the topography of its surface 20. In this study, the highest surface gloss value was observed for DK (3364.7±5.893), followed by DG (3360.8±5.336) and CT (3356.8±3455). DK group presented satisfactory gloss because the protocol was finished with goat hairbrush and cotton wheel, what lead to satisfactory brightness. These results support the idea that surface roughness may affect the general appearance of dental ceramics 21, since surface gloss and fluorescence can modify the color composition (hue, chroma and value) of teeth and restorative materials 22. If the object has a smooth surface, the light is reflected in a narrow cone centered about the angle of reflectance. In contrast, an increasingly roughened surface would reflect individual segments of the specular beam at slightly different angles 23, reducing the resulting surface gloss.

No significant differences were verified between the biaxial flexural strength among the experimental groups tested in this study. The intensity of the surface roughness changes generated by the finishing-polishing procedures was probably too small to produce any deleterious effects on the biaxial flexural strength, since the polishing procedures tested were not detrimental to the mechanical properties of the pressable ceramic. Probably the surface irregularities and defects observed in the glaze layer were reduced after finishing and polishing, what consequently caused a numerical increase in the biaxial flexural strength of the ceramic specimens, despite non-significant differences were verified for the groups 17. This result can be explained because the flexural strength of dental ceramics depends more on the intrinsic factors such as microstructural stresses and bulk defects than on surface roughness 24. The quality of ceramic and the sintering protocol used can be responsible for deeper changes in the characteristics of the ceramic, irrespective of the finishing/polishing protocol 3. As the specimens used in this study were produced with a pressed ceramic material, this resulted in more homogeneous ceramic discs, what also may help to explain the results observed in the biaxial flexural strength test. Moreover, leucite containing ceramics have higher strength since the grains within the glass reduce flaws 4. Additionally, the biaxial flexural strength values found for the specimens of all experimental groups in the present study are within the values reported for pressable fluorapatite glass ceramic in the current literature 4.

The physicomechanical properties of dental ceramics are closely related to the polishing capacity of these materials. After the rupture of the glaze layer by performing adjustments in the restoration, the best option for finishing and polishing ceramics will depend on the type of material used 25. Thus, the protocol for finishing and polishing dental ceramics must be adjusted to each material correctly. Based on the results of this study, it was observed that the polishing protocols had no effect on the biaxial flexural strength of the pressable ceramic tested. However, the sequential finishing-polishing protocol employed with silicon carbide abrasive instruments (coarse, medium, and fine grit), goat hair brush and cotton wheel systems was effective in reducing the surface roughness, producing a smoother surface with higher gloss in comparison with the other protocols used. Therefore, chairside sequential systems can be a good alternative for clinical finishing-polishing of the adjusted surfaces in pressable ceramic.

Based on the results of this study, it may be concluded that: 1) glazed and polished surfaces produced statistically similar biaxial flexural strength for the pressable ceramic used (IPS e.max ZirPress, Ivoclar Vivadent), irrespective of the polishing protocols tested. 2) Performing adjustments without polishing the surfaces affected the surface roughness of the ceramic material; however, when polishing was performed with sequential finishing-polishing protocol (DK) using silicon carbide abrasive instruments (coarse, medium, and fine grit), goat hair brush and cotton wheel, a significant reduction was observed for the surface roughness. 3) Glazing (CT), reglazing (DG) or sequential polishing (DK) are effective for increasing surface gloss, resulting in smoother surfaces. A clinical implication of the present study is that chairside sequential systems can be a good alternative for clinical finishing-polishing of adjusted surfaces for the pressable ceramic tested.

Acknowledgements

This research was partially supported by the Minas Gerais State Agency for Research and Development (FAPEMIG - Grant 2015-0528).

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Received: June 30, 2018; Accepted: October 11, 2018

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