• A Teles

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    • Processing and characterization of alumina/LAS bioceramics for dental applications

      M Guedes V Costa T Silva A Teles X Yang A C Ferro

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      Alumina allows to recreate the functionality and aesthetics of natural teeth. However, its low fracture toughness rises concern regarding use in dental restoration. Structural reliability is addressed here by formulating a material containing alumina and a glass–ceramic from LAS system. The presence of LAS in the mixtures result in formation of glass phase during sintering, promoting densification at lower temperature and enhanced surface finishing. A composite microstructure with increased toughness can thus be produced. Powder mixtures containing 0, 20, 50, 80 and 100 wt\%-LAS were prepared by planetary milling and uniaxial pressing and sintered. The compositions were investigated regarding their processability, mechanical performance and biological behaviour. Aesthetics was evaluated by comparison with a commercial dental matching guide. Variations on hardness and fracture toughness with starting LAS fraction were assessed by indentation. Interaction with biological medium was evaluated by immersion in a simulated body fluid. Resulting microstructures were characterised by FEG–SEM, EDS and XRD.

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