Ceramic restorations for posterior teeth: guidelines for the clinician.J Esthet Dent. 1999; 11(2):72-86.JE
Metal-free ceramic restorations are increasingly popular for restoring posterior teeth. These restorations are generated through a variety of techniques (e.g., CAD-CAM, copy-milling, heat-pressing, and firing). When appropriately indicated and made, ceramic inlays or onlays can be reliable and provide a highly serviceable restoration. The aim of this article is to review and present updated information regarding indications, restorative technique, and maintenance for this class of restorations, with emphasis to fired ceramic inlays or onlays. The information presented is based on 15 years of controlled clinical experience with this category of restorations. Clinical cases that represent some applications also are presented.
The fired ceramic inlay/onlay technique is presented as a viable option for the esthetic and adhesive restoration of posterior teeth.