Dental Ceramics

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1. Which of the following is not an essential constituent of potter's clay?

  a. Feldspar

  b. Glass

  c. Quartz

  d. Kaolinite


2. Water's main function in clay is to:

  a. Hydrate feldspathic substances.

  b. Breakdown kaolinite into gibbsite and silica.

  c. Reduce friction between clay particles.

  d. Create alkaline metal oxides from non-hydrous fluxes.


3. Sintering means:

  a. Shock cooling of molten glass to make frits.

  b. The molecular bonding of ceramic particles below their melting point.

  c. Melting of non-refractory clay constituents.


4. Which of the following statements is false?

  a. Stoneware is harder than earthenware, because it contains more feldspar.

  b. Earthenware is porous and requires glaze to make vessels waterproof.

  c. Dental porcelains contain no aluminum oxide.

  d. Domestic porcelain is made from short clay.


5. Fluxes in glass:

  a. Are alkaline, metallic oxides.

  b. Disrupt the crystalline structure of silica.

  c. Raise the melting temperature of feldspar.

  d. None of the above.


6. Earthenware clay contains little feldspar glass which binds particles together, and fills pores between sintered alumina and silicon particles

  a. True

  b. False


7. In porcelain, the kaolin causes lack of translucency. By 1938, little or no kaolin was left in porcelains chosen for dental use.

  a. True

  b. False


8. When clay melts at high temperature, it consists of the following constituents:

  a. Feldspathic glass.

  b. Glass from kaolinite.

  c. Refractory alumina and quartz crystals.

  d. All of the above.


9. Quartz is feldspathic.

  a. True

  b. False


10. Refractory particles create a skeletal structure throughout the clay piece helping it to maintain its original shape.

  a. True

  b. False


11. Refractory skeletal structures are made of particles of:

  a. Alumina

  b. Silica

  c. Alumina and silica

  d. All of the above


12. Porcelain clays are very short and difficult to throw.

  a. True

  b. False


13. Issues facing dental ceramics fabrications:

  a. Biocompatibility

  b. Esthetics

  c. Durability

  d. All of the above


14. Tooth structure is harder than porcelain.

  a. True

  b. False


15. A veneer can be bonded to tooth structure or a metal subframe.

  a. True

  b. False