The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of direct base and indirect inlay materials on stress distribution and fracture resistance of endodontically treated premolars with weakened cusps. Forty healthy human premolars were selected; five were left intact as controls (group C+), and the others were subjected to endodontic treatment and removal of buccal and lingual cusp dentin. Five teeth were left as negative controls (group C-). The remaining 30 teeth were divided into two groups according to the direct base material (glass ionomer [GIC] or composite resin [CR]). After base placement, each group was subjected to extensive inlay preparation, and then three subgroups were created (n=5): no inlay restoration (GIC and CR), restored with an indirect composite resin inlay (GIC+IR and CR+IR), and restored with a ceramic inlay (GIC+C and CR+C). Each specimen was loaded until fracture in a universal testing machine. For finite element analysis, the results showed that the removal of tooth structure significantly affected fracture resistance. The lowest values were presented by the negative controlgroup, followed by the restored and based groups (not statistically different from each other) and all lower than the positive control group. In finite element analysis, the stress concentration was lower in the restored tooth compared to the tooth without restoration, whereas in the restored teeth, the stress concentration was similar, regardless of the material used for the base or restoration. It can be concluded that the inlay materials combined with a base showed similar behavior and were not able to regain the strength of intact tooth structure.
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