With the growing demand for minimally invasive dental restoration, conservative treatment options offer good aesthetic outcomes and durability with minimal tooth reduction. The use of ceramics in dental restoration has been on the rise in the past two decades due to its long-term benefits and capacity to produce a superior bond to tooth structure when used in conjunction with adhesive cement and acid-etch procedures. A ceramic onlay, which covers one or more cusps, also helps to preserve dental tissue. These materials enable the dentist to conservatively prepare the tooth for restoration while also strengthening the patient's own tooth structure. This case report discusses the preparation of a functional and aesthetic ceramic onlay for a patient with a cracked tooth.
Keywords: adhesive cements; aesthetics; ceramics; composites; direct restoration; indirect restoration; onlays; resin cement; strength; tooth.
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