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between overlaying porcelain and zirconia, and rapid cooling of
the restoration when removed from the furnace. This issue has
been overcome by slow cooling of the restoration or pressed
porcelain, and is an example of how laboratory technology has
ensured the increased longevity of zirconia-based crowns.
At Charles Sturt University (CSU), zirconia crowns have been used
clinically since 2012. However, no follow-up evaluations have been
carried out since these crowns were issued. The study funded
by Australia Dental Research Foundation (ADRF) is to evaluate
the short-term (6-30 month) clinical outcome of zirconia-based
complete coverage crowns. Secondly, the study will compare
the data with the clinical outcomes of conventional complete
metal and PFM metal crowns issued during the same period. The
undergraduate dental students issued all the crowns in CSU dental
clinics in Orange, Bathurst, Wagga Wagga and Dubbo.
In terms of professional acceptance, zirconia crowns have been
increasingly used in both specialist and general dental practices.
They may even replace PFM crowns, given their advantages in
aesthetics, strength and biocompatibility in the future.
Although it is desirable that dental students are familiar with
techniques and materials widely used and accepted in private
practice, it also important to establish that the adoption of
relatively new techniques and materials are applicable in student
clinics and represent best practice.
This ADRF supported project is being undertaken by Cheng Zhang
under supervision by Dr Mirza Rustum Baig and A/P Andrew Flatau.
aDrF reSearcH GrantS
The ADRF invited the submission of research grants by the
annual deadline of 31 March. Eighty-three Grants have been
received requesting $897K in funding. Each grant will receive an
independent assessment from two reviewers from Australia or
overseas. In addition, a third review is provided by a member of
the Research Advisory Committee.
The Research Advisory Committee will review the 83 research
grants and all the reviews at their annual July meeting. Successful
and non-successful applicants will each be advised following the
Directors of the Foundation meeting in November.
The Dental Student Grants submission date has been amended
to 31 March to align with the main round grants. Thirteen dental
students sent in applications which will also be assessed in July.
For noting, from 31 March 2016, the grants application process
will be undertaken by an online grants coversheet whereby,
completed application forms will accompany the coversheet and
be uploaded to the ADRF webpage. This will streamline some
of the work involved in processing the grant applications and
manage the process more effectively. Further developments in the
administrative processes of the Foundation will be rolled out to
ensure the Australian Dental Research Foundation continues to be
one of the principal sources of funding and support of dental and
oral health research in Australia.
The Board of Directors would like to sincerely thank the continued
contribution of its supporters, donors and everyone involved in
running the ADRF.
Chair of Research
Australian Dental Research Foundation
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