Fracture Resistance of Composite Veneers with Different Preparation Designs

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1 / Ljuben Guguvcevski2 / Risto Popovski3 / Cena Dimova4 / Ana Minovska4 / Aneta Mijoska2

1Faculty of Medical Sciences–Dental medicine University “GoceDelcev” Stip, KrsteMisirkov bb, 2000 Stip, FYROM
2Department for Prosthodontic Faculty of Stomatology University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” Skopje, FYROM
3Faculty of Natural and Technical Sciences University “GoceDelcev” Stip, FYROM
4Faculty of Medical Sciences–Dental medicine University “GoceDelcev” Stip, FYROM


Background: The aim of this in vitro study was to examine the fracture load of composite veneers using three different preparation designs. Material and methods: Fifteen extracted, intact, human maxillary central incisors were selected. Teeth were divided into three groups with different preparation design: 1) feather preparation, 2) bevel preparation, and 3) incisal overlap- palatal chamfer. Teeth were restored with composite veneers, and the specimens were loaded to failure. The localization of the fracture was recorded as incisal, gingival or combined. Results: Composite veneers with incisal overlap – palatal chamfer showed higher fracture resistance compared to feather preparation and bevel preparation. The mean (SD) fracture loads were: Group 1: 100.6±8.0 N, Group 2: 107.4±6.8 N, and Group 3: 122.0±8.8 N. The most common mode of failure was debonding for veneers with feather preparation and fracture when incisal edge is reduced. The most frequent localization of fracture was incisal. Conclusion: The type of preparation has a significant effect on fracture load for composite veneers. This study indicates that using an incisal overlap- palatal chamfer preparation design significantly increases the fracture resistance compared to feather and bevel preparation designs.

Keywords: composite veneers; preparation design; fracture resistance


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Citation Information: Balkan Journal of Dental Medicine. Volume 20, Issue 2, Pages 99–103, ISSN (Online) 2335-0245, DOI:, July 2016