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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 43-45

Comparison of bond strength and fracture toughness of metal–ceramic restorations fabricated by conventional lost-wax technique and selective laser sintering

1 Prosthodontics GDC &H Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Prosthodontics GDC &H Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

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DOI: 10.4103/INJO.INJO_26_19

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Introduction: Porcelain fused to metal is the most common restoration. The success of the prosthesis greatly depends on the mechanical bonding between the metal alloy and the ceramic. Newer techniques such as selective laser sintering (SLS) and computer-aided design are fast replacing the lost-wax technique due to ease of fabrication. This study was carried out to ascertain the best possible technique to ensure success. Materials and Methods: Forty strips of cobalt–chromium (Co–Cr) metal were fabricated and divided into two groups (lost-wax technique vs. SLS technology), which were then bonded with ceramic and compared for bond strength and fracture toughness. Results: SLS group showed higher bond strength than conventional lost-wax technique (CAST) group but lowered fracture toughness. This difference was also found to be statistically significant. Conclusion: The lost-wax technique is a time-tested method that needs not be abandoned until successful evolution of emerging technologies is firmly established.

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