The influence of axial grooves on dislodgment resistance of prosthetic metal crowns in canine teeth of dogs

Stephanie Goldschmidt, Caitlyn J. Collins, Scott Hetzel, Heidi Lynn Ploeg, Jason W. Soukup

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The reported failure rate for full veneer crowns of canine teeth of dogs is suboptimal, particularly in teeth with naturally poor retentive features, such as those with low height/diameter (H/D) ratios or high convergence angles (CAs). The objective of the present study was to evaluate the application of axial grooves in an effort to develop a crown preparation design that enhances the retention of full veneer crowns in dogs. Crown dislodgment testing was performed on cast alloy dies of canine teeth with unfavorable retention features (low H/D and high CA) prepared with (n = 14) and without axial grooves (n = 15) to evaluate the force required to dislodge a cemented full veneer crown. The crown/die units were secured within a universal testing machine and a load was applied at the 45 oblique direction from distal to mesial to replicate the vector encountered during biting-pulling action. The maximum force required to cause crown dislodgment was recorded for each crown. Statistical analysis revealed a significant increase in force required for crown dislodgment when axial grooves were included in the crown preparation design (P < .001). Crown retention is improved in canine teeth with otherwise poor retention features when axial grooves are made in the labial and palatal/lingual walls during crown preparation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-150
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Veterinary Dentistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2016

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  • Axial grooves
  • Canine teeth
  • Crowns
  • Dogs
  • Retention


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