OJST  Vol.4 No.2 , February 2014
Assessment of undergraduate students’ tooth preparation for full veneer cast restorations
Abstract: Purpose: To evaluate tooth preparation for full veneer cast restorations performed by final year dental students in Sudan. Materials and Methods: 117 stone dies from two different dental institutions were collected and evaluated. Polyvinylsilioxane impression material was used to produce two impressive replicas of which one was sectioned in faciolingual plane and the other in mesiodistal plane. Occlusal clearance was measured using a digital caliper. Amount of axial preparation was also measured. Impression silhouettes that were produced using an overhead projector were used to measure convergence angle. Working casts were examined for smoothness and evenness of the preparations, existence or absence of additional features of retention and the finishing line were evaluated for its position and continuity. All obtained data were statistically analyzed by using T-test, ANO-VA, and Pearson Chi square tests. P-values ≤ 0.05 were considered as statistically significant. Results: Average taper of the examined preparations was 39.98?, with 44.1? in the faciolingual, and 35.8? in the mesiodistal dimensions. Preparations for full coverage restorations were over prepared. 38.5% of the total number of preparations were found to have finishing lines in the sub and supra gingival positions. 19.66% were unable to maintain continuity of the finishing line all around the preparation. All preparations were generally smooth with no sharp angles, and 1.7% of the preparations had additional retentive features. Conclusion: Within the limitations of this study, it could be concluded that the convergence angle and finishing line preparations were less than adequate in a sizeable proportion of the preparations examined.
Cite this paper: El-Mubarak, N. , Abu-Bakr, N. , Omer, O. and Ibrahim, Y. (2014) Assessment of undergraduate students’ tooth preparation for full veneer cast restorations. Open Journal of Stomatology, 4, 43-48. doi: 10.4236/ojst.2014.42008.

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