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For past several years, precious alloys have been gradually replaced by non-precious ones in the dental casting field because of the rising price of dental alloys. In Japan during the past ten years, nickel-chromium alloys have been used extensively for crown or bridge and porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations instead of gold or silver alloys. This tendency(More)
To test the hypothesis that titanium (Ti) removable partial dentures (RPDs) would function for a period of at least 2 years without failure, 10 patients were selected to receive dentures made from Ti and Co-Cr. The Ti RPDs were constructed identically to conventional cobalt-chromium (Co-Cr) dentures. Five complete Ti dentures were also included and the(More)
In order to determine the best laboratory procedure for titanium crown casting, a set of thermal expansion measurements and casting experiments were carried out using a casting machine (argon arc, pressure difference type) and three different investments, two conventional SiO2 based investments and a new Al2O3/MgO based investment. The thermal expansion(More)
We have previously reported that insertion of coarse particles of beta-Quartz Glass Ceramic Insert (Megafiller) into a composite resin markedly reduced the polymerization shrinkage of resin restorative materials. In this study, we examined the effects of Megafiller insertion on wear resistance evaluated by the glass beads abrasion test, and the conventional(More)