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J Korean Acad Conserv Dent. 2009 May;34(3):177-183. Korean. Original Article.
Seo DG , Yi YA , Lee Y , Roh BD .
Department of Conservative Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Yonsei University, Korea.
Oral Science Research Center, College of Dentistry, Yonsei University, Korea.
Department of Dentistry, Myongji Hospital, Kwandong University, Korea.
Department of Conservative Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Wonkwang University, Korea.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the marginal and internal gaps in CEREC3 CAD/CAM inlays of three different preparation designs. CEREC3 Inlays of three different preparation designs (n = 10) were fabricated according to Group I-conventional functional cusp capping/shoulder preparation, Group II-horizontal reduction of cusps and Group III-complete reduction of cusps/shoulder preparation. After cementation of inlays, the bucco-lingual cross section was performed through the center of tooth. Cross section images of 20 magnifications were obtained through the stereomicroscope. The gaps were measured using the Leica application suite software at each reference point. Statistical analysis was performed using one-way ANOVA and Tukey's test (alpha<0.05). The marginal gaps ranged from 80.0 to 97.8 microm for Group I, 42.0 to 194.8 microm for Group II, 51.0 to 80.2 microm for Group III. The internal gaps ranged from 90.5 to 304.1 microm for Group I, 80.0 to 274.8 microm for Group II, 79.7 to 296.7 microm for Group III. The gaps of each group were the smallest on the margin and the largest on the horizontal wall. For the CEREC3 CAD/CAM inlays, the simplified designs (groups II and III) did not demonstrate superior results compared to the traditional cusp capping design (group I).

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