Speed sintering translucent zirconia for chairside one-visit dental restorations: Optical, mechanical, and wear characteristics

Marina R. Kaizer, Petra C. Gierthmuehlen, Mateus BF dos Santos, Sergio S. Cava, Yu Zhang

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The fabrication of zirconia dental restorations is a time-consuming process due to traditional slow sintering schemes; zirconia (Y-TZP) produced by these conventional routes are predominantly opaque. Novel speed sintering protocols have been developed to meet the demand for time and cost effective chairside CAD/CAM-produced restorations, as well as to control ceramic microstructures for better translucency. Although the speed sintering protocols have already been used to densify dental Y-TZP, the wear properties of these restorations remain elusive. Fast heating and cooling rates, as well as shorter sintering dwell times are known to affect the microstructure and properties of zirconia. Thus, we hypothesize that speed sintered zirconia dental restorations possess distinct wear and physical characteristics relative to their conventionally sintered counterparts. Glazed monolithic molar crowns of translucent Y-TZP (inCoris TZI, Sirona) were fabricated using three distinct sintering profiles: Super-speed (SS, 1580 °C, dwell time 10 min), Speed (S, 1510 °C, dwell time 25 min), and Long-term (LT, 1510 °C, dwell time 120 min). Microstructural, optical and wear properties were investigated. Crowns that were super-speed sintered possessed higher translucency. Areas of mild and severe wear were observed on the zirconia surface in all groups. Micropits in the wear crater were less frequent for the LT group. Groups S and SS exhibited more surface pits, which caused a scratched steatite surface that is associated with a greater volume loss. Tetragonal to monoclinic phase transformation, resulting from the sliding wear process, was present in all three groups. Although all test groups had withstood thermo-mechanical challenges, the presence of hairline cracks emanating from the occlusal wear facets and extending deep into the restoration indicates their susceptibility to fatigue sliding contact fracture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10999-11005
Number of pages7
JournalCeramics International
Issue number14
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017


  • Mechanical properties
  • Monolithic zirconia
  • Speed sintering
  • Translucency
  • Wear resistance
  • Y-TZP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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