Bhavani Venkatachalam, BDS, DMD, MS

Title:  Ceramic pressed to metal vs. feldspathic porcelain fused to metal: A comparative study of bond strength


Synopsis:  This presentation will elaborate on a study that compared the debond/crack initiation strength of a pressed leucite-based low-fusing ceramic and a feldspathic porcelain fused to noble and base alloy specimens.  The research and its clinical applications will be discussed.


Course Objectives:

1.      Have insight into the metal-ceramic bond

2.      Understand the evolution of the metal-ceramic bond testing system

3.      Understand the methodology used and interpretation of data


Bio:  Bhavani Venkatachalam received her BDS degree from Manipal University, India in 1998. Following her graduation, she came to the United States to pursue a Masters in Biomaterials at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2001.  Dr. Venkatachalam subsequently received her DMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003.  Postgraduate training included a Certificate in Prosthodontics from the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics from New York University in 2006 and a fellowship in Maxillofacial Prosthetics from University of California at Los Angeles in 2007.  Dr. Venkatachalam joined the faculty at the UCLA School of Dentistry as Clinical Assistant Professor in July 2007 in the Division of Advanced Prosthodontics, Biomaterials and Hospital Dentistry.


Conflict of interest:  Zubler Geratebau GmhH, Uim-Jungingen, Germany Grant/Research Support