30 September 2011 Optical investigations of various polymeric materials used in dental technology
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Dental prosthetic restorations have to satisfy high stress as well as aesthetic requirements. In order to avoid deficiencies of dental prostheses, several alternative systems and procedures were imagined, directly related to the material used and also to the manufacturing technology. Increasing the biomechanical comportment of polymeric materials implies fiber reinforcing. The different fibers reinforcing products made very difficult the evaluation of their performances and biomechanical properties analysis. There are several known methods which are used to assess the quality of dental prostheses, but most are invasive. These lead to the destruction of the samples and often no conclusion could be drawn in the investigated areas of interest. Using a time domain en-face OCT system, we have recently demonstrated real time thorough evaluation of quality of various dental treatments. The aim of this study was to assess the quality of various polymeric materials used in dental technology and to validate the en face OCT imagistic evaluation of polymeric dental prostheses by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and microcomputer tomography (μCT). SEM investigations evidenced the nonlinear aspect of the interface between the polymeric material and the fiber reinforcement and materials defects in some samples. The results obtained by microCT revealed also some defects inside the polymeric materials and at the interfaces with the fiber reinforcement. The advantages of the OCT method consist in non-invasiveness and high resolution. In addition, en face OCT investigations permit visualization of the more complex stratified structure at the interface between the polymeric material and the fiber reinforcement.
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Meda Lavinia Negrutiu, Meda Lavinia Negrutiu, Cosmin Sinescu, Cosmin Sinescu, Florin Ionel Topala, Florin Ionel Topala, Ciprian Ionita, Ciprian Ionita, Luciana Goguta, Luciana Goguta, Corina Marcauteanu, Corina Marcauteanu, Mihai Rominu, Mihai Rominu, Adrian Gh. Podoleanu, Adrian Gh. Podoleanu, } "Optical investigations of various polymeric materials used in dental technology", Proc. SPIE 8172, Optical Complex Systems: OCS11, 817216 (30 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.896932; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.896932
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