Damage maps of veneered zirconia under simulated mastication

J. W. Kim, J. H. Kim, M. N. Janal, Y. Zhang

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Zirconia-based restorations often fracture from chipping and/or delamination of the porcelain veneers. We hypothesized that veneer chipping/ deiamination is a result of the propagation of near-contact-induccd partial cone cracks on the occlusal surface under mastication. Masticatory loading involves the opposing tooth sliding along the cuspal inner incline surface with art applied biting force. To test this hypothesis, we cemented flat porcelain-veneered zirconia plates onto dental composites and cyclically loaded them (contact-slide-liftoff) at an inclination angle as a simplified model of zirconia-based restorations under occlusion. In light of in situ observation of damage evolution in a transparent glass/zirconia/ polycarbonate trilayer, post mortem damage evaluation of porcelain/zirconia/composite trilayers by a sectioning technique revealed that deep-penetrating occlusal surface partial cone fracture is the predominant fracture mode of porcelain veneers. Clinical relevance is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1127-1132
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of dental research
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Cyclic contact-slide fatigue
  • Damage map
  • Occlusal partial cone fracture
  • Porcelain-veneered zirconia structure
  • Veneer fracture/chipping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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