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Tooth wear against ceramic crowns in posterior region: a systematic literature review

Rim Hmaidouch and Paul Weigl

The objective of this systematic review was to assess tooth wear against ceramic crowns in posterior region in vitro and in vivo. An electronic PubMed search was conducted to identify studies on tooth wear against ceramic crowns in posterior region. The selected studies were analyzed in regard to type of crowns, natural antagonist, measuring protocol and outcome. From a yield of 1000 titles, 43 articles were selected for full-text analysis; finally, no in vitro and only five in vivo studies met the inclusion criteria. As there is heterogeneity in design, used measuring method, ceramics and analysis-form, a meta-analysis was not possible. Results of these studies are very controversial which makes a scientifically valid comparison impossible. This review indicated that some all-ceramic crowns are as wear friendly as metal-ceramic crowns. Up to now, it has been impossible to associate tooth wear with any specific causal agent. The role of ceramic surface treatment that might be responsible for the changing in rate of tooth wear seems undetermined as yet through clinical trials. The literature reveals that studies on this topic are subject to a substantial amount of bias. Therefore, additional clinical studies, properly designed to diminish bias, are warranted.

International Journal of Oral Science (2013) 5, 183-190; doi:10.1038/ijos.2013.73; published online 18 October 2013 Keywords: all-ceramic; crowns; tooth wear


Wear of tooth structure is a natural unavoidable process which occurs when tooth and tooth, or tooth and restoration are in contact and slide against each other. However, this natural process may be accelerated by the introduction of restorations whose properties of wear differ from those of the tooth structure that they slide against. It has been shown that enamel may be subject to accelerated wear when opposed by ceramic.1 Therefore and despite the truth that a constant wear of the entire dentition is possible independent of dental restorations,2 it is desirable that wear behavior of restorative materials is similar to natural enamel, because excessive wear could lead to clinical problems such as damage of teeth occluding surfaces, loss of vertical dimension of occlusion, poor masticatory function associated with temporomandibular joint remodeling, dentine hypersinsivity or death of the tooth and at least may lead to esthetic impairment.3-5

In the oral cavity, many factors contribute to the wear ofenamel and dentin, such as the nature ofthe occlusal contacts with antagonist teeth (attrition), chewing of food items, tooth brushing with toothpaste, inhalation of dust (abrasion), acidic attack due to the consumption of certain fruits and beverages, inhalation ofindustrial acids or vomiting and regurgitation ofgastric juice as in the case ofbulimia and anorexia nervosa (corrosion).6

In order to observe and assess wear, it is necessary to understand tooth wear mechanisms and how it can be measured and evaluated, both clinically and in the laboratory. The terms abrasion, attrition and even corrosion were often used to identify the same thing which is the

tooth wear caused mostly by alimentation and utilities use. Contrary, nowadays there is an agreement that the terms, abrasion, attrition and corrosion describe different mechanisms.

Attrition: tooth-to-tooth contact causes this form of wear, this occurs without the presence of food or foreign substances during deglutition and clenching; it is typically characterized by the facets on a tooth and the opposing tooth. It becomes more serious during bruxism.7

Abrasion: is the wear caused by friction between a tooth and an exogenous agent. The 'masticatory abrasion', usually occurs by friction from the food and abrasion, which is a result of bad oral habits such as nail biting or hard objects such as pens, pencils or pipes, opening hair pins with teeth. Occupational abrasion may occur among hairdressers because of opening hair pins with their teeth, tailors through cutting thread with their teeth, shoemakers who hold nails between their teeth and musicians who play wind instruments.

Tooth-cleaning, habits such as extreme tooth brushing, improper use of dental floss and toothpicks are the most common cause of abrasion. Even normal tooth-cleaning practices produce some abrasion of dentine over a lifetime. In Western populations, the major abrasive agent is toothpaste, which affects dentine much more than enamel.8 Tooth brushing without paste has no effect on enamel and clinically negligible effects on dentine.9

Corrosion: Is the loss of tooth surfaces caused by chemical dissolution without the involvement of plaque. Depending on the source of the acids causing the dissolution, there are two types of corrosion,

Department of Prosthodontics and Geriatric Dentistry, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

Correspondence: Dr R Hmaidouch, Department of Prosthodontics and Geriatric Dentistry, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, Frankfurt 60596, Germany E-mail: Received 24 May 2013; accepted 13 August 2013

intrinsic and extrinsic corrosion.10-11 The tooth corrosion caused by intrinsic sources such as bulimia and gastro esophageal reflux disease, shows enamel surfaces which appears to be translucent and thin; moreover bowel-shaped defects on the posterior occlusal surfaces and an enamel lost on the anterior palatal surfaces can be recognized. It has been reported that consuming drinks and food with a pH value of less than 5.5 can cause corrosion and demineralize teeth.10-11 Corrosive damage to anterior teeth may affect workers in industries where they are continuously exposed to acid droplets and fumes. Softened enamel exposed to saliva for an adequate time can regain mineral and thus re-acquire mechanical strength.12-13 On the other hand, it has been stated that fluoridated toothpaste had a protective effect on enamel corrosion progression.5,14-20

The observation of in vivo and in vitro studies show that individual wear mechanisms rarely act alone but interact with each other so that tooth wear is the result of three processes: abrasion, attrition and corrosion.

Measuring methods (wear quantification)

One of the most popular measuring methods of tooth wear is the direct measuring using clinical tooth wear indices;5,15-20 with this method, special equipment is not required, but the assessment is subjective and it takes a long time to get significant results.21 In addition, most tooth wear indices use unclear and complicated diagnostic criteria. Other limitations of these indices are no clear classification and quantification of tooth wear, besides the limited ability to determine the critical value of acceptable wear. Also, there are a lot of tooth wear index which make it difficult to achieve standardized and reliable tooth wear quantification and that leads to difficulties by comparing the results of various studies.

Indirect techniques for evaluation of tooth wear suggest measuring the loss of tooth surface using cast replicas.22-25 For more accurate quantification, image analysis, scanning electron microscopy,5,22-27 computer graphics,28 three dimensional (3D) scanner15,29-30 and pro-filometry5,31-41 were developed. Disadvantages can be inaccurate replicas and repositioning problems, due to the fact that reproducing of tooth surfaces with impressions before scanning always adds a source of error.23

Various clinical studies applied these 3D measuring techniques,5,22,24-25,30,42 which allow 3D scanning of the entire tooth surface without affecting the tooth surfaces. These techniques are highly accurate, quantitative, applicable to both the clinic and the laboratory, and provides storable 3D databases that enable comparison to other

3D databases.30,32

3D images can be obtained using contact profilers, non-contact white light, micro/cone computerized tomography (CT) scanners, laser scanners and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) systems such as Cerec and Cercon systems.15 However, 3D canning requires a specialized hardware and software and has the disadvantage oftime-consuming, high cost and the limited availability to clinical investigators.24,43 Measurement accuracy of the cone-beam CT scanners approximates few hundred microns, and thus they have limited ability to determine tooth wear on the occlusal


Direct intraoral 3D scanning of teeth, e.g., intraoral digital camera ofCerec, is accurate and requires less number ofsteps when compared to the indirect scanning of models,43 but the need for spraying teeth with white powder might decrease the accuracy of measurement.

Clinical studies which evaluate dental wear are very time-consuming, expensive and have the disadvantage that a lot of factors such as

chewing forces cannot be controlled.40 Thus, laboratory mastication simulation has been used by a lot of investigators to study single parameters of the wear processes.28,31,45-49 But even the in vitro wear simulations show considerable variability and do not simulate the clinical condition, because the loads, speeds and abrasives used are often more severe than the masticatory standards.50

Ceramic crowns opposing tooth structure

As mentioned before, wear of teeth differs according to the different restorative materials used as antagonist. Ceramic reconstructions have become increasingly popular as a result of rising patient demands for more aesthetics. But the main disadvantage of ceramics is their high abrasiveness to opposing enamel.51-52 Various types of ceramic crowns can be used as fixed dental prosthesis; some entirely made of the same ceramic material through out and others consist of high-strength ceramic substructure veneered with porcelain; in addition metal-ceramic crowns veneered with porcelain are still used.53 Recently, the high-strength zirconia ceramic (yttrium-oxide tetragonal zirconia polycrystal) was introduced for dental application; it has a high bending strength and fracture toughness.54 The clinical use of this ceramic is increasing because of its chemical and dimensional stability, its higher fracture toughness, hardness and frictional resistance in comparison to conventional dental porcelain.54-56 But the weak point of a zirconia restoration is at this time veneer chipping or cracking,57 whereas other all-ceramic restorations show a percentage of framework fracture.58-59

Using CAD/CAM techniques, it has become possible to produce full-zirconia restorations with occlusal design that do not need to be veneered (Zirluna; ACF GmbH, Amberg, Germany; Zirkonzahn Prettau; Zirkonzahn GmbH, Bruneck, Italy; BruxiZir; Glidewell Laboratories, Newport Beach, CA, USA); and must have the advantage that no chipping of the veneering porcelain will occur because of the absence of this veneering layer. Mono-block restorations could be also fabricated from glass ceramics; however, they are less stable in comparison to zirconia-based restorations and their indication range is clearly limited to single crowns and small fixed dental prostheses.53

Factors affecting enamel wear when opposed by ceramic

At this point of research, some of the features of ceramic which affect enamel wear were evaluated:

Hardness of ceramics was always associated with the greater abra-siveness against teeth,34,60 but some studies showed that the hardness of ceramics will not substantially lead to wear of the opposing teeth.61-62 On the other hand, the degree of wear is more affected by the surface structure and the roughness of the restoration or environmental fac-tors.61-62 Various in vitro investigations on the effect of ceramic hardness on the dental wear have supported this fact by their finding that soft ceramics caused more abrasion against enamel (enamel abrasion) in comparison with harder ceramics.36,46

Similarly, more wear was expected from zirconia, because zirconia has strong surface hardness,56,63 but certain investigations reported that less wear of antagonistic teeth was measured with zirconia than with the feldspathic dental porcelain.64-65 Rosentritt has no wear traces for enamel against zirconia using a chewing simulation.65 It was also reported that the wear rate of zirconia is bad in water and even under dry sliding conditions,66 that suggests that the hardness of ceramics alone is not a reliable predictor ofthe wear ofopposing teeth.

Resistance to friction: Many factors may affect the frictional resistance ofthe both teeth and ceramic restorations when coming together in contact, e.g., morphology, properties and structure of tooth and

restoration, as well as mastication movements. With increased coefficient offriction, more wear ofthe tooth structure would be expected. It has been shown that high loads, rough surfaces and high sliding speed caused an increase in the coefficient of friction which leads to greater wear.67 Therefore, meticulously polished ceramic surfaces would lead to an decrease in the rates of wear of the opposing tooth surfaces.

Porosity: Undesirable characteristic of ceramic like decreased strength, reduced aesthetics and increased plaque accumulation can be impart by porosity.68 Furthermore, during the wear process, a subsurface porosity of ceramic may be exposed, then the sharp edge of the defect will cause increased wear in the opposing teeth;32,69-70 therefore, porosity of dental porcelain needs to be minimized.

Some parameters are associated with increased porosity of dental ceramics such as particle size,71 higher sintering temperature68 and longer sintering time.72 More porosity was showed in low-fusing porcelains with a fine grain size than in conventional feldspathic porcel-ain.36 It was also reported that aluminous porcelain has a higher viscosity than conventional feldspathic porcelain, which requires a higher firing temperature to increase the wetting of crystals and the glassy matrix73 and because of that, a higher porosity of aluminus porcelain is expected. Although a reduction of porosity is expected by longer sintering time,72 Piddock73 and Cheung68 reported an increase in porosity with increasing sintering time, because of the limited ability ofair to escape during rapid firing. During the building of porcelain layers in order to simulate the teeth tissues, the influence of mechanical vibration on the reduction of porosity is limited.74

Full-zirconia restorations without veneering are free from the problems associated with porosity, because they have no veneer layer and their microstructure shows no open porosity.75

Effect ofroughness ofceramic surfaces: The surface treatment ofall ceramic crowns may be responsible for the changing in the rate of enamel wear. Glazing of ceramic restorations produces a smooth, aesthetic and hygienic surface and is considered as a step which reduces the amount of wear of opposing teeth and restorations, but this layer ofglaze can be removed shortly after being in function or by a required occlusal adjustment76 that may lead to more abrasive wear of the opposing teeth because of the insufficiently polished exposed surface of the crown.

Jagger77 suggested in his study that the amounts of wear of enamel caused by glazed and unglazed porcelain are similar. Some investigators found that the glazed ceramic surfaces are smoother than the polished ones.78-79 However, other authors found no significant differences between glazed and polished ceramic surfaces.75,80-81 Contradictorily, some investigations confirmed the finding that the smoothness of polished ceramic surfaces is similar or better than the glazed surfaces.82-85 This conclusion was supported through various in vitro studies, which found that the glazed surfaces caused more teeth wear compared to polished surfaces.39,77,86 Functional finishing of ceramic surfaces during the wear process was documented by Monasky,87 who reported in his in vitro study that the initially high rate of wear decreased over time, suggesting that the effect of surface roughness on wear may be self-limiting.

However, it must be considered that the factors described above are results of in vitro studies depending on wear or chewing simulation device and these results are contradictory.

The aim of this manuscript was to provide a literature review about the tooth wear against ceramic crowns in posterior region both in vitro and in vivo. This systematic review was prepared following the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses

statement guidelines ( This article focuses as well on measuring methods oftooth wear available in dental literature and on factors related to ceramic materials and may influence the wear of opposing tooth structure.


Search strategy and study selection

An electronic PubMed search for in vitro and in vivo trials on tooth wear by ceramic crowns in posterior region was supplemented manually to obtain peer-reviewed articles published in English language till April 2013. The main keywords used for the search and the numbers of articles produced were:

• tooth wear and in vitro 634;

• tooth wear and in vivo 160;

• tooth wear and ceramic crowns 138;

• tooth wear and metal-ceramic crowns 48;

• tooth wear and ceramic crowns and in vitro 9;

• tooth wear and ceramic crowns and in vivo 4;

• tooth wear and metal-ceramic crowns and in vitro 3;

• tooth wear and metal-ceramic crowns and in vivo 4.

Titles and abstracts were initially screened by two reviewers for possible inclusion in the review. To decide about inclusion of the studies, full text of all studies of possible relevance was then obtained for assessment by the reviewers. To complement the search, a manual hand search of the bibliographies of all full-text articles and related reviews selected from the electronic search was also performed to identify any possible investigations on wear of natural teeth, which may have not been listed on PubMed.

The articles found (43 studies) were read to identify ones which satisfied the following inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Inclusion criteria

This systematic review is based on in vitro and in vivo (prospective or retrospective) cohort studies. Inclusion criteria for study selection were:

• human in vivo and in vitro;

• conducted on tooth wear by ceramic crowns;

• study has a set inclusion and exclusion criteria;

• study has a materials and methods;

• publications appearing in English and in the Dental literature;

• a mean follow-up time of 6 months or more for in vivo trials.

Exclusion criteria

• case reports;

• animal studies;

• conducted on other ceramic restorations except of crowns;

• use of flat specimens in vitro;

• clinical trials with follow-up time of less than 6 months;

• patients with bruxism.

The selected studies that met the inclusion criteria were analyzed with regard to type of crowns antagonist, wear measuring method, wear measuring device and outcome.


Because of the heterogeneity in design, used measuring method, used materials, forms ofanalysis and associated factors, a meta-analysis was not possible.

From a yield of 1 000 titles, 43 articles were selected for full-text analysis; finally, no in vitro and only five in vivo studies met the inclusion criteria.

From the 43 full-text articles retrieved, all of the 30 in vitro studies were excluded from the final analysis. The main reason for exclusion was the use of flat specimens against the natural teeth in vitro.

From this extensive search, it was obvious that there were no in vitro studies available measuring the tooth wear against ceramic crowns in posterior region. Following this, one final search was done by inspecting the bibliographies of the 43 reviewed articles for any additional studies; however, none were found. From the eligible investigations, five studies satisfied the inclusion criteria and were included in the systematic review. The characteristics ofthe selected studies are shown in Table 1.

These studies were published from 2008 to 2013. Full-text analysis of the five studies showed that the three studies performed by Silva 2011, Esquivel-Upshaw 2012 and Esquivel-Upshaw 2013 evaluated tooth wear by the same patient population and published the same obtained results in three different journals; therefore, we decided to consider the results of these three trials as the results of one investigation.

The studies included 79 patients between the age of 18 and 62 years. A total dropout of two patients were reported and excluded from the evaluation. The studies were mainly conducted in an institutional environment in universities. The operators were dental students, postgraduate students, private dentists and specialists.

The reviewed studies involved patients with teeth that needed full-coverage crowns in posterior region; only in one study,22 first premolars were included; otherwise, the other investigator included only second premolars, first and second molars. Patients showed no temporomandibular disorders or parafunctional habits (e.g., bruxism or clenching).

In all studies, crowns had to be opposed by natural dentition in the maxillary or mandibular arch, but in each study, this point was described in different way:

(i) Etman 2008: crowns had to be opposed by a natural tooth which the majority of the occlusal surface was enamel.

(ii) Suputtamongkol 2008: reported that treated teeth must be opposed by natural dentition in the maxillary and mandibular arch.

(iii) Silva 2011: the crown had to be opposed by antagonist tooth with intact enamel surfaces.

(iv) Esquivel-Upshaw 2012: the crown must be opposed by a natural antagonist.

(v) Esquivel-Upshaw 2013: crown must have an opposing non-restored or minimally restored natural teeth (i.e., not larger than a Class II amalgam restoration).

The studies included a total of 156 crowns. Forty-two metal-ceramic crowns and 114 all-ceramic crowns were tested. The evaluated crown systems and the measuring methods used are summarized in Table 2.

Metal-ceramic crowns

Etman 2008 measured tooth wear against 30 metal-ceramic crowns made using Simidur S 2 alloy (Panadent, Colton, CA, USA) as a coping material that was veneered using IPS Classic feldspathic porcelain (Ivoclar Vivadent, Schaan, Lichtenstein). The three studies Silva 2011, Esquivel-Upshaw 2012 and Esquivel-Upshaw 2013, used 12 metal-ceramic crown system: crowns were made from Pd-Au-Ag-Sn-In alloy (Argedent 62; Argen Corporation, San Diego, CA, USA) and glass-ceramic as veneer (IPS d.SIGN veneer; Ivoclar Vivadent, Schaan, Liechtenstein).

All-ceramic crowns

Suputtamongkel investigated 30 crowns made of lithium disilicate-based all-ceramic system (Ivoclar Vivadent, Schaan, Liechtenstein). The veneering material that opposed the enamel was glass-based, but the author did not mention which material was used.

In his trial, Etman 2008 tested two types of all-ceramic crowns:

(i) 30 IPS e.max Press crowns/lithium disilicate crystals (Ivoclar Vivadent);

(ii) The other 30 crowns were made using ProceraAllCeram coping (Nobel Biocare, Zurich, Switzerland) veneered with feldspathic porcelain (Ducera, Berlin, Germany).

The three studies Silva 2011, Esquivel-Upshaw 2012 and Esquivel-Upshaw 2013, used two all-ceramic crown systems:

(i) Non-veneered (glazed) crowns made from a lithium disilicate glass-ceramic (IPS e.max Press core and e.max Ceram glaze; Ivoclar Vivadent, Schaan, Liechtenstein).

(ii) Core ceramic/veneer ceramic crowns made from lithium disili-cate glass-ceramic and a glass ceramic veneer (IPS Empress 2 core and IPS Eris; Ivoclar Vivadent, Schaan, Liechtenstein).

The follow-up time ranged from 6 months to 3 years. Baseline impressions were made 1 week after crowns cementation.

The tooth wear results obtained in the reviewed investigations are listed in Table 3. The highest tooth wear was reported after 24 months

Table 1 Study and patient characteristics of the reviewed studies

Study design/ Age range/ No. of

Studies sampling method No. of patients years Antagonist crowns Setting Dropout

Etman 2008 Suputtamongkol 2008 Silva 2011 E-Upshaw 2012

E-Upshaw 2013

Prospective RCT Prospective Prospective RCT Prospective RCT

Prospective RCT

48 (17 M, 31 F)

30 (5 M, 25 F)

31 (8 M, 23 F) 31 (8 M, 25 F)

20-60 20-26 24-62 24-62

Molars and premolars Molars and premolars Molars and premolars Molars and premolars

Molars and premolars

90 30 36 36

University hospital University University University


1 patient and other patient after 1 year

RCT, randomized controlled trial; M, male; F, female; No., number.

Table 2 Study characteristics of the reviewed studies focused on materials and measuring method

Studies Type of ceramic crowns Antagonist

Wear measuring protocol

Measuring device

Etman 2008

Suputtam-ongkol 2008

Saliva 2011

E-Upshaw 2012

E-Upshaw 2013

1. Metal ceramic: (Slmidur S 2 alloy+IPS Classic veneering ceramic);

2. Experimental ceramic/IPS-Empress (densely packed rodlike lithium disilicate crystals);

3. Procera All Ceram coping+Feldspathic porcelain veneering ceramic (Ducera)

Lithiadisilicate-based all-ceramic crown system (Ivoclar Vivadent)+glass-based veneering ceramic

1. Metal-ceramic crown (Argedent 62+IPS d.SIGN veneering);

2. IPS e.max Press core ceramic without veneering ceramic;

3. IPS Empress 2 core ceramic+IPS Eris veneering ceramic

1. Metal-ceramic (Argedent 62 alloy+IPS d.SIGN glass veneering ceramic);

2. IPS e.max Press core ceramic without veneering ceramic;

3. IPS Empress 2 core ceramic+IPS Eris veneering ceramic

1. Metal-ceramic (Argedent 62 alloy+IPS d.SIGN glas veneer);

2. IPS e.max Press core ceramic without veneering ceramic;

3. IPS Empress 2 core ceramic+IPS Eris veneering ceramic

Premolars (first and second) and molars

Premolars and molars

Second premolars and molars

Second premolars and molars

Second premolars and molars

Full arch polyvinyl siloxane impressions at baseline and each 6-month interval for 2 years. Digitizing the impressions of the restored teeth and their antagonist

Non-contacting laser profilometer

Polyvinyl siloxane impressions at baseline and after 3D laser scanner (Etkon) 1 year. Models were poured using synthetic stone (GC FujiRock)

Vinyl polysiloxane impressions at baseline(1 week) 3D laser scanner (Etkon). and after 1 year, 2years and 3 years—casts type IV gypsum (GC Fujirock)

Vinylpolysiloxane 1 week, 1 year, 2 years and 3 3D laser scanner (Etkon) years—casts of white type IVgypsum material (GC Fuji Super Hardrock)

Vinylpolysiloxane 1 week, 1 year, 2years and 3years 3D laser scanner (Etkon)

3D, three dimensional.

Table 3 Wear results of the teeth and their opposing crowns obtained in the reviewed studies


Results, mean wear (s.d.)

Occlusal wear of ceramic crowns

Occlusal wear of opposing natural teeth

Suputta-mongkol 2008 Wear volume/mm3

Wear height/mm

Etman 2008 Procera Wear in mm after 6 months Wear in mm after 12 months Wear in mm after 18 months Wear in mm after 24 months Experimental ceramic Wear in mm after 6 months Wear in mm after 12 months Wear in mm after 18 months Wear in mm after 24 months MC

Wear in mm after 6 months Wear in mm after 12 months Wear in mm after 18 months Wear in mm after 24 months Silva 2011 (at year 3 in mm3) MC

IPS e.max Press without veneering IPS Empress 2/IPS Eris ceramic

Premolar 0.19 (0.06) Molar 0.34 (0.08) Premolar 29 (12) Molar 36 (34)

143.60 ( 9.47) 201.18 (0.22) 243.70 (7.31) 321.60 (12.79)

108.50 (4.87) 148.16 (6.38) 194.18 (11.92) 214.76 (4.9)

87.06 (2.96) 116.3 (4.70) 142.30 (3.91) 176 (3.93)

1.48 (0.20) 1.06 (0.12) 1.31 (0.17)

Premolar 0.21 (0.06) Molar 0.50 (0.22) Premolar 46 (13) Molar 65 (29)

130.96 (15.08) 184.24 (15.02) 216.84 (14.14) 261.58 (12.88)

102.02 (8.49) 149.7 (6.59) 193.92 (12.07) 214.86 (6.09)

75.52 (7.15) 106.9 (10.19) 133.82 (6.94) 156.42 (14.34)

1.10(0.10) 0.80 (0.09) 1.02 (0.20)

s.d., standard deviation.

for the patients who received Procera AllCeram crowns and the lowest tooth wear was against metal-ceramic crowns veneered with IPs classic.


This review was performed to evaluate available information in the dental literature on tooth wear against ceramic crowns in posterior region both in vitro and in vivo. The first idea was to see whether there were any clinical prospective studies supporting the findings of in vitro studies that showed how wear friendly the ceramic materials are. Surprisingly, we observed that there are no in vitro studies measured tooth wear against ceramic crowns in posterior region. Further intensive search yielded no in vitro investigation focusing on the evaluation of the effect of anatomical occlusal surfaces on tooth wear process. Available in vitro investigations mostly measured tooth wear against flat-shaped ceramic specimens33,36,46,65 and that made a comparison of in vitro results with those of in vivo trials impossible. Therefore and based on the available literature, we decided to present an overview of the current thinking on the relationship of clinical tooth wear and the ceramic crowns in posterior region.

Only five in vivo studies dealt with establishing a causal relationship between insertion of ceramic crowns and increased tooth wear in posterior region. Detailed full-text analysis of these five studies revealed that in three of them (Silva 2011, Esquivel-Upshaw 2012, Esquivel-Upshaw 2013), the authors made the same investigation and evaluated the same patient population. Due to that, we had to consider the results ofthese three studies as results ofone investigation and to compare it with the other two studies of Etman 2008, Suputtamongkol 2008.

To measure the amount of worn dental tissues after cementing the crowns, impressions were made of each of the maxillary and mandibular arches at 1 week (baseline) and after 6 months,22,88-90 1

22,25,88-90 22,88-90 88-90

year,22,25,88-90 2 years22,88-90 and 3 years.88-90 Resulting gypsum casts

were produced by a dental technician with type IV gypsum (GC Fujirock, Leuven, Belgium) and scanned using the same 3D laser scanner (es1 Scanner; Etkon, Grafelfing, Germany).25,88-90 In one study,22 the quantitative measurement of wear was performed by digitizing the impressions of the restored teeth and their antagonist using a non-contacting laser profilometer (Keyence LC-2400 series laser displacement meter). The use of different methods in obtaining wear data may account for such a broad range (Table 3) between the results of this study22 and the results of the other studies.25,88-90

Etman 2008 reported in his investigation that the metal-crowns produced the least tooth wear and the Procera AllCeram veneered with feldspathic porcelain (Ducera) was the most abrasive ceramic which caused more tooth wear than the metal-ceramic (Simidur alloy veneered with IPS Classic) and the other experimental glass-ceramic (IPS Empress/lost wax technique); it also suffered the greatest loss of test material. Contrary Silva 2011 results showed that the metal-ceramic crowns (Argendent alloy veneered with IPS.d.SIGN) caused the highest tooth wear volume compared to the other tested all-ceramic crowns (IPS Empress 2 veneered IPS Eris and the other all-ceramic system IPS e.max Press without veneering). The natural teeth opposing these crowns exhibited at year 3 wear as follows: (1.106 0.10) mm3 for metal-ceramic crowns/IPS d.SIGN; (1.02 60.20) mm3 for IPS Eris for E2 and (0.8060.09) mm3 for IPS e.max Press. We can recognize that crowns made using the system IPS. e.max Press were the most wear friendly after 3 years.

The use of two different measuring methods in these two studies (Etman 2008 and Silva 2011) may explain these two different statements. Moreover, the results by Etman 2008 were obtained after 2

years and by Saliva 2011 after 3 years. And at least we must mention that the veneering ceramics used were different and each investigator compared metal-ceramic crowns with different all-ceramic systems.

Volume of tooth wear measured by Suputtamongkol 20 0825 against lithiadiasilicate-based all ceramic crowns and after 1 year, was less than that measured by Silva 201188 against lithiadisilicate all-ceramic crowns after three years (Table 3). This comparison may lead to the conclusion that tooth wear increased with time.

This article addressed some of the material factors related to the wear of opposing enamel by ceramic. It can be concluded that hardness of ceramics should not be blamed for the accelerated loss of enamel as various studies have demonstrated that there is no strong correlation between the ceramic hardness and the wear rate of human enamel;61-62 however, it was confirmed that wear process would be more affected by ceramic microstructure and ceramic roughness and therefore, surface treatment of ceramics played a significant role on wear of opposing tooth structure.36,46,48 Etman 2008 confirmed that in his clinical trial, low-fusing porcelain used to veneer Procera AllCeram copings caused the highest tooth wear. Various in vitro investigations on the effect of ceramic hardness on the dental wear have supported this fact by their finding that soft ceramics caused more abrasion against enamel in comparison with harder.36,48

Roughened and pitted surfaces of the feldspathic porcelain were detected by clinical and by scanning electron microscope examination;90 as a result, exposure of the crystalline structure happened and thus. will accelerate the rates of tooth wear in the future.

There was no significant relationship between bite force and tooth wear through the first year25,89 and the second year;90 however, there was a significant effect of bite force on wear at year 3 when enamel contralateral antagonist was analyzed alone.90 That confirms the truth that a constant wear of the entire dentition is possible independent of dental restorations.2

As clinical recommendations demand perfectly polished surfaces of all ceramic restorations after any occlusal adjustments, the maintenance of a smooth ceramic surface during clinical use is the key for avoiding initiation or progression of microcracks and for minimizing abrasion of the opposing teeth. Nevertheless, it would be difficult to find an answer about the optimal ceramic treatment that is not responsible for accelerated enamel wear. That is because ofthe inconsistent results of various studies that were performed to identify the best techniques to achieve a smooth ceramic surface. It can be assumed that when enamel is opposed by unglazed and unpolished ceramic surface, the wear rate of enamel is higher than when opposed by glazed

or polished one.36,85

It can be suggested that dentists should consider the type ofceramic restorative material used. Further, the ceramic restorations should be sufficiently polished after any chairside adjustment of occlusal surface so that it minimizes the undesired effect of roughened ceramic materials on wear of antagonistic tooth. Wear requires the sliding of one surface against the other; therefore, when a ceramic restoration is placed, sliding contact in centric and eccentric movements should be minimized.

The literature reveals that studies on this topic are subject to a substantial amount ofbias, such as evaluation bias (use of non-blinded examiners) and confounding bias (no control of other aethiological factors). Up to now, it has been impossible to associate tooth wear with any specific causal agent, and the role of surface treatment of ceramic crowns that may be responsible for the changing in the rate of enamel wear seems as yet undetermined. Therefore, additional studies, properly designed to diminish bias, are warranted.

Based on the applied literature, it can be concluded that for ceramic material, their proper handling and control of the patient's intrinsic risk factors related to wear are all critically important to the reduction of enamel wear by dental ceramics.


Publication of this manuscript is supported by Open Fund of State Key Laboratory of Oral Diseases, Sichuan University.

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