Considerations for ceramic inlays in posterior teeth: a review
Christa D Hopp,1 Martin F Land2
1Section of Operative Dentistry, 2Section of Fixed Prosthodontics, Southern Illinois University, Alton, IL, USA
Abstract: This review of ceramic inlays in posterior teeth includes a review of the history of ceramic restorations, followed by common indications and contraindications for their use. A discussion on the potential for tooth wear is followed by a review of recommended preparation design considerations, fabrication methods, and material choices. Despite the improved materials available for fabrication of porcelain inlays, fracture remains a primary mode of inlay failure. Therefore, a brief discussion on strengthening methods for ceramics is included. The review concludes with a section on luting considerations, and offers the clinician specific recommendations for luting procedures. In conclusion, inlay success rates and longevity, as reported in the literature, are summarized.
Keywords: inlays, ceramic, posterior, review, CAD/CAM, leucite reinforced, lithium disilicate, longevity, esthetics, luting, wear, stress, selection
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