An inlay restoration refers to a specially made filling comprising of gold, composite material or tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain inlays are hugely popular because of their resemblance to the natural tooth. A Porcelain inlay is only handled by a professional laboratory, and your dentist will permanently cement it into the tooth.
Inlays can serve as a conservative solution to repair teeth that have been damaged due to trauma or have lots of defective fillings. Inlays can be used instead of the conventional composite and silver fillings. Also, they offer more conservation than crowns because the preparation of inlays involves the removal of fewer teeth.
Just like in many dental restorations, inlays are not permanent and may need to be replaced someday. They have high durability and can last for many years, resulting in a beautiful, healthy and bold smile.
Reasons for inlay restorations:
- Fractures or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Large fillings
- Fractured fillings
What does getting an inlay involve?
An inlay procedure is usually done in two appointments. During your first appointment, you will have to take lots of highly accurate impressions. These impressions (mold) will be used to create your custom inlay as well as a temporary restoration.
The dentist will get rid of old filling material and decay while the tooth is numb. Then the space will be properly cleaned, preparing the surface for an inlay restoration. While a dental laboratory prepares your inlay, the tooth is protected with a temporary filling.
Your new inlay will be cemented properly into place at your second appointment. There may be the need for some adjustments to ensure a comfortable bite and the best fit.
When you complete your treatment, you will be given care instructions. Good oral hygiene routine, a healthy diet, and visiting the dentist regularly will go a long way in enhancing the life of your new inlay.