Effect of fatigue protocols on flexural strength of lithium disilicate bars with clamped-ends
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The aim of this study was compare the effect of two in vitro ageing protocols to intraoral aging on the flexural strength of a lithium disilicate (LD) ceramic bars with clamped ends. After polishing and crystallization, the both ends of the bars were cemented to a metallic device and subjected to mechanical cycling, thermomechanical cycling, or intraoral ageing. Ten volunteers used an intraoral device - similar to an occlusal splint with a balanced contact condition on the occlusal surface of the ceramic bar - during 8 h night time / 30 days. Both in vitro and intraoral ageing decreased the flexural residual strength of LD, with the lowest values obtained after intraoral ageing. Thus, the in vitro ageing protocols tested in this study revealed to be less deleterious than intraoral ageing of LD.