Performance of dental ceramics: Challenges for improvements

E. D. Rekow, N. R.F.A. Silva, P. G. Coelho, Y. Zhang, P. Guess, V. P. Thompson

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The clinical success of modern dental ceramics depends on an array of factors, ranging from initial physical properties of the material itself, to the fabrication and clinical procedures that inevitably damage these brittle materials, and the oral environment. Understanding the influence of these factors on clinical performance has engaged the dental, ceramics, and engineering communities alike. The objective of this review is to first summarize clinical, experimental, and analytic results reported in the recent literature. Additionally, it seeks to address how this new information adds insight into predictive test procedures and reveals challenges for future improvements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)937-952
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of dental research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2011


  • clinical success
  • dental ceramics
  • fracture modes
  • testing protocols

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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