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The Journal of Adhesive Dentistry

Edited by Prof. Dr. Roland Frankenberger, Prof. Bart Van Meerbeek

ISSN (print) 1461-5185 • ISSN (online) 1757-9988


Spring 1999
Volume 1 , Issue 1

Pages: 71-79
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Ceramic Inlays: Clinical Assessment and Survival Rate.

Fuzzr, Massimo; Rappelli, Giorgio

Purpose: This study evaluates the clinical behavior of ceramic inlays placed during the past decade. Materials and Methods: One hundred eighty-two inlays were examined in 66 patients. The interval between placement and assessment was on average 5.9 years 2.7, ranging from 2 to 11.7 years. Restorations still present at the time of evaluation were clinically assessed according to modified USPHS criteria. Kaplan-Meier statistical analysis was used to assess the survival rate. Results: According to USPHS criteria, good results were obtained for color match, marginal discoloration, recurrent caries, contour, and marginal integrity. Six inlays failed: four for endodontic reasons, one due lo recurrent caries, and the other due to fracture. The results indicate that a success rate of 95% could be predicted at 11.5 years. Conclusion: The lack of recurrent caries, the only slight changes in marginal discoloration and color match, combined with the excellent longevity prove that ceramic inlays are a valuable tool for the restoration of posterior teeth.

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