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Int Poster J Dent Oral Med 11 (2009), No. 4     15. Dec. 2009

Int Poster J Dent Oral Med 2009, Vol 11 No 4, Poster 461

Optimization of processing parameters involved in dissimilar welding of dental alloys

Language: English

Assist. Prof. Dr. Sorin Porojan, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Liliana Sandu, Assist. Prof. Dr. Florin Topala, Prof. Dr. Cristina Maria Bortun,
"Victor Babes" University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara, University School of Dentistry, Timisoara, Romania
Techn. Marian Iacob,
National R&D Institute for Welding and Material Testing Timisoara, Romania

September 24-27, 2008
FDI Annual World Dental Congress
Stockholm, Sweden


Differences between clasps removable partial dentures and composites dentures are functional and aesthetical. The last ones need the using of some special maintaining, support and stabilization systems associated with high precision millings. The retention is assured by the attachment, and the high precision millings, meaning the shoulders and interlocks, guides support and stabilized the prosthesis. The composite solutions implies specific acknowledgments and performing laboratory endowment (1-6). Their technology brings often the need for joining dissimilar alloys.


The aim of the study was to provide information for successfully joining of used alloy combinations.

Material and Methods

Microplasma welding allow to combine telescopic crowns with other types of attachments through secondary crown welding with metallic saddle of removable partial dentures, separately cast (Fig. 1-4). This manouevre is necessary for achieving of a high precision joining which doesn't deform the shape and position of telescopic crown.

Fig. 1: Telescopic crown framework with medial extention for welding Fig. 2: Removable partioal denture framework after deflasking
Fig. 3: Welded framework applies on the cast Fig. 4: Welding detail of telescopic crown to removable partial denture framework

The main advantages of microplasma welding are represented by the fact that the welding can be done directly on the working cast and one can work near the resigns or ceramics without affecting them. This fact determines time saveing. The reduced thermal influence implies minimal deformation of the metalic framework.
The welding present some particularities depending on alloys composition and structures which must be welded. Because of, in the case of composite denture manufactory, it is necessary to combine two differtent alloys, one used for fixed compounds and other for removable compound, experimental analyses of dissimilary bonds were made.
Cast plates from Ni-Cr (Wiron 99, Wirocer plus, Bego, Bremen, Germany) and Co-Cr (Wironit extrahard, Bego, Bremen, Germany) dental base alloys were cast. They were welded using microplasma welding device (Schütz Dental, Rosbach, Germany) in butt joint configuration, with and witout filling material. The folowing process parameters were varied: power, time delay, meanwhile the argon quantity was maintain constantly. For plates welding folowing parameters were used: power 5, time delay 40 ms, argon quantity 5 liters/min. For filling material deposition the parameters were: power 4, time delay 35 ms, and the sane argon quantity. For modeling and smoothing: power 2, time delay 45 ms.
Welded specimens were analyzed macroscopically, microstructural and the microhardness were determined in the base metal (BM), welded metal (WM) and heat affected zone (HAZ).


Metallographic analyses (Fig. 5, 6) and microhardness tests showed structural changes particularly in the HAZ, with precipitates of some compounds, which harden the respective area. The microhardness increasing in HAZ is not significant (table I). The cracks appear in welded material (WM) mostly at joints without filling material. Microcracks appeared also in Ni-Cr alloy. Wasn't observed significant differences at welding with different materials.

Fig. 5: Microcracks in base material (BM for Ni-Cr alloy) Fig. 6: WM cracks
Case Welded alloys Examinated area Microhardness HV1
1 Wiron 99
Wironit extrahard
without filling material
BMNi 178, 171, 178
HAZNi 290
WM 305
HAZCo 439
BMCo 378, 368, 378
2 Wiron 99
Wironit extrahard
with filling material (Co-Cr)
BMNi 182, 175, 178
HAZNi 193
WM 313
HAZCo 439
BMCo 368, 389, 378
3 Wiron 99
Wironit extrahard
with filling material (Ni-Cr)
BMNi 182, 189, 178
HAZNi 197
WM 321
HAZCo 482
BMCo 321, 313, 305
4 Wirocer plus
Wironit extrahard
without filling material
BMNi 178, 175, 185
HAZNi 201
WM 358
HAZCo 401
BMCo 378, 389, 368
5 Wirocer plus
Wironit extrahard
with filling material (Co-Cr)
BMNi 185, 178, 175
HAZNi 210
WM 269
HAZCo 358
BMCo 401, 368, 401
6 Wirocer plus
Wironit extrahard
with filling material (Ni-Cr)
BMNi 205, 201, 193
HAZNi 305
WM 330
HAZCo 482
BMCo 368, 358, 368
Tab. 1: Microhardness Hv1


Microplasma welding is appliable in joining of alloys wtih different composition. It makes possible obtaining of some high precision prosthetic pieces, which can satisfy actual exactigness. The microstructure depends on the processing parameters and the composition of the filler material.
Acknowledgments: This study was supported by the Grant CNCSIS 171/2007 from the Ministry of Education, Research and Youth Romania.


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This Poster was submitted by Assist. Prof. Dr. Sorin Porojan.

Correspondence address:
Assist. Prof. Dr. Sorin Porojan
"Victor Babes" University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara
University School of Dentistry
2 L. Blaga Str., App. 5
code 300002, Timisoara, Romania