The biocompatibility of titanium with human tissue is well established; its potential as an alternate metal for crown restorations has yet to be fully investigated. This study measured the geometry and accuracy of coping margins cast in Ti, 99.5% chemically pure. Twenty castings with 45-degree facial and 90-degree palatal margins were made by indirect technique with a commercial system using recommended procedures. They were then cemented with ZnPO4 cement. The coping and die assemblies were embedded in resin, sectioned longitudinally, and measured with a microscope at × 50 power. Casting shrinkage was characteristic, particularly along the horizontal axis in the plane of the shoulder. Although horizontal linear shrinkage of 45-degree margins was greater than that for the 90-degree form, the surface of marginal discrepancy was greatest with the 90-degree configuration.
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- Oral Surgery