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Goldstein GR, Wesson A, Schweitzer KM, Cutler B. J Prosthet Dent. 1992;67:609-13


Flexion of a metal/ceramic fixed partial denture (FPD) framework under function can cause fracture of the porcelain or deterioration of the cement seal. This study evaluated the flexion under compressive load of a four-unit mandibular FPD replacing the second premolar and the first molar. Testing was accomplished with elapsed time holographic interferometry, using 39 porcelain fused-to-metal frameworks cast with a silver-palladium alloy. The results demonstrated that solder joints at the junction of the premolar and molar pontics flexed under a reduced compressive load and exhibited a higher failure rate than other connector designs.

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