The all-ceramic, inlay supported fixed partial denture. Part 1. Ceramic inlay preparation design: a literature review


Dr Mark C Thompson
Faculty of Dentistry
The University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2006


The effect of cavity design is a controversial and underrated factor in the clinical success of ceramic inlays and inlay supported prosthesis. Many articles and studies have been conducted into the advantages and disadvantages of isolated aspects of preparation design, but lacking is a review of the most relevant papers which bring together a consensus on all the critical features. Hence, a review and analysis of cavity depth, width, preparation taper and internal line angles is warranted in our attempts to formulate preparation guidelines that will lead to clinically successful, all-ceramic inlay restorations and ceramic inlay supported prosthesis.