Effect of different surface treatments on the biaxial flexural strength of zirconia ceramics

Öztürk C., Çelik E., GÖNÜLDAŞ F.

Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, vol.129, no.1, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


© 2022 Editorial Council for the Journal of Prosthetic DentistryStatement of problem: Different surface treatments have been applied to zirconia restorations in clinical practice to increase the bond strength between zirconia and cement, but their effect on flexural strength is unknown. Purpose: The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the effect of different surface treatments before and after sintering on the flexural strength of zirconia. Material and methods: Sixty disk-shaped specimens with an initial diameter of 18.6 ±0.1 mm and thickness of 2 ±0.1 mm were prepared from preshaded presintered 3Y-TZP blocks. The specimens were randomly divided into 3 groups (n=20) according to surface treatments (Group Laser, Group APA, Group Rocatec), and the groups were then divided into 2 subgroups (n=10) according to surface treatment before and after sintering. The phase compositions of the groups were examined by using an X-ray diffractometer (XRD) with 3 randomly selected specimens from each group. Biaxial flexural strength testing was conducted using a universal testing machine to examine the flexural strength of the zirconia specimens. Two-way ANOVA and post hoc least significant difference tests were performed (α=.05). Results: According to the XRD analysis, no monoclinic phases were determined on the surface of the presintered laser-treated specimens, but tetragonal phases were observed on the surface of the postsintered specimens. Surface treatment type and application stage (presintering to postsintering) have a significant effect on the biaxial flexural strength of the specimens (P<.05). The lowest biaxial flexural values were observed in the Laser group, and postsintered specimens showed higher biaxial flexural strength than presintered specimens (P<.05). Conclusions: Postsintered specimens showed higher monoclinic content than presintered specimens. Laser-treated specimens showed the lowest biaxial flexural strength for both presintered and postsintered specimens.