Objective: To determine the retentive force of three glass-ionomer luting cements used with prefabricated primary zirconium crowns (PPZCs) and to assess whether the retentive force was dependent on cementation material or different PPZCs brands. Study design: Four mandibular right second molar PPZCs were selected, one each from four manufacturers–NuSmile®ZR, Sprig Crowns, Cheng Crowns and Kinder Krowns. Silicone impressions of the outer surface of crowns were taken; stone dies prepared and reduced to fit the corresponding brand. 24 alginate impressions of each die obtained and filled with core buildup flowable composite. 96 composite tooth-replicas thus achieved were divided into four groups and further categorized into three subgroups of eight samples based on luting cements used – BioCem, FujiCEM®2 and KetacCem. Samples were thermocycled, placed in artificial saliva for one week followed by assessment of retentive force for crown dislodgment and failure mode. Results: Data was statistically evaluated using two-way ANOVA, HSD (P <0.05). KetacCem had the lowest retentive force while BioCem showed comparatively higher value to FujiCEM®2. Adhesive failure modes were predominant with cement mainly adhering to crown’s internal surface. Conclusions: Resin-based GI cements offered superior retention than conventional GI cements for PPZCs and retentive force was dependent on cement type.

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