Can Material Properties Predict Survival of All-Ceramic Posterior Crowns?

Dianne Rekow, DDS, PhD�; Yu Zhang, PhD; �Van Thompson, DDS, PhD

July 2007 Issue - Expires July 31st, 2009

Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry


Increasingly strong all-ceramic materials have been introduced often with great fanfare and promise for long-term clinical performance. However, especially on posterior teeth, performance has been less than anticipated. This article reviews failure rates and modes of all-ceramic crowns and addresses the question of whether material properties can accurately predict clinical survival. Guidelines for selecting new and existing ceramics are provided.

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