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New approach to bonding all-ceramic adhesive fixed partial dentures: A clinical report
¨ zcan, Dr Med Dent,a and Akkan Akkaya, DDSb Mutlu O Faculty of Dentistry, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
This clinical report describes the use of intraoral silica coating and silanization in an alternative bonding procedure for a 3-unit, all-ceramic, resin-bonded fixed partial denture. (J Prosthet Dent 2002;88: 252-4.)

ll-ceramic restorations were introduced to improve esthetics in restorative dentistry. They have been suggested for use in 3-unit anterior fixed partial dentures (FPDs) and in resin-bonded FPDs.1 Clinical application of a resin-bonded FPD (RBFPD) requires a strong and a stable resin bond to the ceramic. Poorer success rates have been reported for all-ceramic inlays and posterior crowns luted with glass ionomer than those luted with composite cement.2 Previous investigations revealed that most clinical failures initiated from the cementation surfaces of adhesive restorations.3-5 Internal surfaces have been cited as the location of highest tensile stresses and/or critical flaws; these surfaces therefore need to be strengthened. Etching the inner surface of a crown or an extracoronal restoration with hydrofluoric acid followed by the application of a silane is a well-known and recommended method to increase bond strength.6-11 Hydrofluoric acid dissolves either the glassy or the crystalline components of the ceramic. According to some authors, etching silica-based ceramics with hydrofluoric acid, ammonium bifluoride, or acidulated phosphate fluoride gel creates a sufficient resin bond that can be enhanced with silane coating of the etched conventional ceramics.7,12-14 Although hydrofluoric acid is efficient in roughening feldspathic porcelain for bonding resin cement, the optimal concentration and duration of its application are not well established. This fact is reflected in the variety of concentrations of commercially available hydrofluoric acids. Moreover, no obvious correlation has been found between bond strengths with resin cement and the microscopic characteristics of feldspathic porcelain after etching.15 In 2 studies, neither etching with these solutions nor adding silane resulted in an adequate resin bond to all-ceramics.16,17 Hydrofluoric acid and acidulated phosphate fluoride may facilitate micromechanical retention, but these chemical agents have hazardous effects in vivo, including irritation of the soft tissues.18,19 Although the bond results obtained with hydrofluoric


acid were found to be satisfactory in some studies,7,13 alternative conditioning techniques may be preferred. Recent developments in modern surface conditioning methods have resulted in improved resin-to-ceramic bond strengths.20 All of these new systems involve conditioning the substrate to produce bifunctional molecules that adhere to the surface through silane by means of a polymerizable double bond.21,22 The manufacturers of most new surface-conditioning systems require airborne particle abrasion of the surface before bonding to achieve high bond strength. One such system is silica coating. In this technique, an intraoral device is used to air-abrade the surfaces with alumina modified with silisic acid (CoJet-Sand; ESPE, Seefeld, Germany). The blasting pressure embeds silica particles on the ceramic surface, rendering the surface chemically more reactive to the resin. The shear bond strengths between resin cement and all-ceramics treated with silica coating were reported to be significantly higher than those obtained when hydrofluoric acid and aluminum oxide were used.17,22,23 Silica coating systems have been described for intraoral ceramic repair,24 but other clinical uses have not been reported. This clinical report describes the use of intraoral silica coating and silanization in an alternative bonding procedure for a 3-unit, all-ceramic RBFPD.

A 32-year-old man who had lost his maxillary left lateral incisor after a car accident 4 months previously was referred from a private practice to the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry at the University of Marmara (Istanbul, Turkey). The patient’s chief complaint was his unesthetic appearance. A 3-unit, all-ceramic RBFPD was selected as the treatment of choice for conservative and esthetic reasons. Before preparations began, radiographic evaluations were conducted to ensure that the designated abutments had adequate periodontal health and root support. After the tooth preparations were complete (Fig. 1, A), an all-ceramic RBFPD was fabricated (Fig. 1, B). A satisfactory appearance was obtained after cementation (Fig. 1, C). The restoration has been in place for 1 year.


Assistant Professor and Lecturer, Department of Prosthodontics. PhD student, Department of Prosthodontics.




vig, Daugaard, Denmark). Air particle abrasion was used with a nozzle distance of approximately 10 mm from the surface at an angle of 90 degrees for 13 seconds at 2.3 psi. The conditioned surfaces were silanized with ESPESil (ESPE) and allowed to dry for 5 minutes. No airdrying was used because of possible water or oil contamination. The dentin and enamel were total etched with 37% phosphoric acid (Email Preparator; Vivadent) for 20 seconds. The dentin was conditioned (Syntac Adhesive and Primer and Heliobond; Vivadent), and an IPS Empress II (Ivoclar, Schaan, Liechtenstein) all-ceramic RBFPD was luted with a dual-polymerizing composite (Variolink II; Vivadent) in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The luting agent was applied to the preparation and internal surface of the restoration with a disposable brush. The restoration was inserted with moderate pressure, and excess luting agent was carefully removed with an explorer. Under slight pressure, the restoration was light-polymerized from 3 different directions for 40 seconds (Translux; Kulzer, Dormagen, Germany). The intensity of the lightpolymerizing unit (Model 8000; Cure Rite, Williamsville, N.Y.) was 480 mW/cm2. After polymerization was completed, excess cement was removed from the margins with a periodontal scaler (HyLite, Hamburg, N.Y.). After the rubber dam was removed, the occlusion was carefully evaluated, and adjustments were made on the restoration with an intraoral porcelain finishing set (Edenta Porcelain Veneer Kit; Edenta AG Dental Produkte, Lugano, Switzerland).

The use of silica coating and silanization in an alternative bonding procedure for a 3-unit, all-ceramic, resin-bonded fixed partial denture has been described. Practitioners should consider the use of this technique for the bonding of adhesive restorations.
Fig. 1. A, Palatal view of tooth preparation on maxillary left central and lateral incisors for adhesive RBFPD. B, Inner surface of IPS Empress II adhesive RBFPD after silica coating. C, Labial view of satisfactory esthetic result after 3 months.
We thank ESPE (Seefeld, Germany) for its generous donation of the testing materials.

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The following clinical sequence was applied to bond the RBFPD with intraoral silica coating and silanization: After determining the appropriate color for the luting cement, the prepared teeth were isolated with a rubber dam. Etching and bonding agents were applied in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations (Variolink II; Vivadent, Schaan, Liechtenstein). Protective eyeglasses and masks were supplied for both the patient and staff. Strong evacuation for CoJet-Sand and saliva was required. The inner surface of the restoration was air-abraded with an intraoral device (Dento-Prep; RønSEPTEMBER 2002




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