Keywords: CAD/CAM, cement, fracture resistance, implant-supported crown, monolithic zirconia crown, occlusal thickness
Purpose: To evaluate the factors that could influence the fracture resistance of implant-supported posterior monolithic zirconia crowns.
Materials and methods: Sixty zirconia molar crowns with three different occlusal thicknesses of 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 mm (20 samples per group) were prepared for implant abutments using a CAD/CAM system. In each group, 10 crowns were luted on the abutment with resin cement (Panavia F), and the other 10 crowns were luted with resin-modified glass-ionomer cement (Ketac Cem Plus). Dynamic loading (1.2 × 106 cycles; 70 N) and thermal cycling were applied to the samples using a chewing simulator before evaluating their fracture resistance with a universal testing machine and examining their fracture type using a stereomicroscope. One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), the Duncan test, and two-way ANOVA were used for data evaluation (α = .05).
Results: The occlusal thickness (P < .001) and cement type (P < .01) affected the fracture load of the monolithic zirconia crowns. The highest fracture resistance was found in 1.5-mm-thick crowns luted with resin cement (4,212 ± 501 N), and the lowest fracture resistance was found in 0.5-mm and 1-mmthick crowns luted with resin-modified glass-ionomer cement (1,198 ± 116 N and 1,197 ± 66 N). A significant difference was not found in the mean maximum fracture load between the 1.5-mm-thick crowns cemented with resin cement and glass-ionomer resin cement.
Conclusion: Both the occlusal thickness and cement type remarkably affected the fracture resistance of the crowns, but occlusal thickness was more significant. Implant-supported posterior zirconia crowns can withstand physiologic occlusal forces even with a thickness as low as 0.5 mm. Resin luting cement is recommended for implant-supported posterior zirconia crowns with reduced occlusal thickness.