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Methods of titanium processing used in prosthetic dentistry

Author(s): Bożena Jedynak | Elżbieta Mierzwińska-Nastalska

Journal: Protetyka Stomatologiczna
ISSN 0033-1783

Volume: LXIII;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 224;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: titanium | titan cutting | foundry engineering | CAD/CAM technology

This paper presents the advantages of titanium properties as biomaterials used in conventional prosthetics and implantoprosthetics, as well as the advantages characteristic of titanium prosthesis. Particular attention was paid to titanium intrinsic properties (e.g., difficulty in its processing, ways of connecting and veneering with ceramics and artificial materials (composites), cutting and polishing) and related clinical implications. Complex and expensive technology of titanium processing (CAD/CAM technology, foundry engineering) is highlighted as one of the factors that limit the use of titanium on a large-scale in manufacturing dental restorations in modern prosthetics. Specially designed milling machines and milling cutters are needed for titanium blocks milling, as well as special techniques and conditions for joining titanium elements by welding and brazing. Only highly specialized and experienced dental laboratories are able to manufacture titanium dentures.
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