Defense Date

2004

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Prosthodontics

First Advisor

Dr. Peter C. Moon

Second Advisor

Dr. David R. Burns

Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate the tensile strength properties of Rx Naturelle Plus and Option (high-palladium) alloys on soldered connectors under simulated preceramic and postceramic soldering conditions. Materials and methods: Eighty cylindrical castings were fabricated (40 using Rx Naturelle Plus alloy and 40 using Option alloy). The 40 castings for each alloy were subdivided into 2 groups of 20 each. In the first group, castings for each alloy were randomly paired and soldered with SMG2 solder to produce 10 preceramic test connector specimens for each alloy. In the second group, castings were similarly paired and soldered with 490 fine solder to produce 10 postceramic test connector specimens for each alloy. Each solder connector was subjected to tensile force until failure using an Instron testing machine. Statistical analysis using a Wilcoxon Rank Sums Test was performed.Results: No significant difference was found between the mean connector strength for Rx Naturelle Plus preceramic solder (mean tensile failure stress, 50,000 Psi; STD, 11,250) compared to Option preceramic solder (mean tensile failure stress, 59,700.4 Psi; STD, 16,350) (p= 0.1202). However, the connector strength for Rx Naturelle Plus postceramic solder (mean tensile failure stress, 37,800 Psi; STD, 32,450) was significantly lower than the Option postceramic solder (mean tensile failure stress, 45,300 Psi; STD, 17,550) (p= 0.0407). Not only did Rx Naturelle Plus postceramic solder connectors show evidence of lower strength, but also an increased variation among specimens.Conclusions: Rx Naturelle Plus solder connectors provided better strength with the preceramic are opposed with the postceramic connectors. For postsolder connectors, Rx Naturelle Plus alloy had less acceptable strength and a wider variation, suggesting it is more technique sensitive than Option alloy connectors.

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Date of Submission

June 2008

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