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European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry

An Investigation into the Trueness and Precision of Copy Denture Templates Produced by Rapid Prototyping and Conventional Means

Abstract

This study examined the total occlusal convergence angles created for full coverage crown preparations by students at a UK dental school. Working casts of 82 clinical crown preparations were scanned using a 3D scanner. Stereolithographic files were uploaded to Preppr, a crown preparation analysis application. Mean bucco-lingual convergence angle were 19.6° (+/-11.7) and mesial-distally 17.8° (+/-11.1). Smallest bucco-lingual convergence angles were achieved for canine teeth with the largest on molar teeth. The smallest mesio-distal values were on canine teeth with the largest on molar teeth. Ideal total convergence angles (4-14°) were achieved in 23% of bucco-lingual preparations and 33% of mesio-distal preparation. Results for clinically acceptable angles (10-20°) were 30% and 40% respectively. There were no statistically significant differences between tooth types for mean bucco-lingual values. (p=0.623), mesio-distal mean values were statistically different by tooth type (p=0.003). Mean values for mandibular molars were significantly higher than for maxillary incisors (p=0.001) and mandibular molars had significantly higher values than maxillary canines (p=0.045). Results in this study were comparable to those of other students and qualified clinicians, with a minority of preparation achieving ideal values.

Authors

Dr. Krishan Davda, Cecilie Osnes, Sean Dillon, Dr. Jianhua Wu, Dr. Paul Hyde, Dr. Andrew Keeling

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