Research Summary

Title of the Training Program me: Development of novel zirconia reinforced mica glass ceramic composite for dental restorative applications


                            Principal Supervisor:                                                                                         Co- Supervisor:

                          Dr.Sreenivasamurthy B.V                                                                                 Prof. Bikramjit Basu

  Faculty of Dental Sciences, M S Ramaiah University .                             Laboratory for Biomaterials, Material Research Centre, 

            of Applied Sciences,Bangalore,Karnataka                                                      Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore


India is presently in a state of major shift in demographics towards elderly population.  Increasing age of the society has a direct and amplifying effect on prevalence of edentulousness (state of missing teeth). Dental health must emphasize on providing affordable treatment to the existing edentulous population. Typically, ceramics are used as indirect restorative materials for missing teeth as crowns and bridges.  Biocompatible glass ceramics have been well investigated for biomedical and dental applications.In particular, mica based glass ceramics are of greater scientific interest due to their high machinability and in vitro cytocompatibility. Having tested for their cellular functionality, antimicrobial properties and wear mechanisms, glass ceramics that were developed earlier in the research group of Co- Supervisor were found to have insufficient mechanical properties in terms of hardness and strength for dental restorations. In order to improvise on the present mica glass ceramics, the present project proposal is focused on the development of a novel mica based glass ceramic composites reinforced with zirconia.



Figure Legend: Figure 1(a) & (b) : Scanning electron microscope micrographs of cellular adhesion and spreading on a control (a) and on glass ceramic (d). Figures 2 (a) & (b): Scanning electron microscope of the Staphylococcus epidermis bacterial colony after 4 hours of incubation on a control (a) and mica glass ceramic (b).