An inlay restoration refers to a custom designed filling composed of gold, composite material, or tooth-colored porcelain. It is produced by a professional dental lab, and your dentist cements it permanently into your tooth.
Inlays can be used in repairing teeth that have been damaged by trauma or decay. Inlays serve as a great alternative to composite and conventional fillings. They also tend to be more conservative than crowns as a result of less structure being removed in the preparation of inlays.
Inlays, just like other dental restorations, are not permanent and may need to be replaced someday. They are known to be very durable and able to last many years, resulting in a confident and beautiful smile.
Reasons for inlay restorations:
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Large fillings
- Fractured fillings
What does getting an inlay involve?
An inlay can be done over two appointments. During your first appointment, you will take some highly accurate impressions (mold) that will be used in creating a temporary restoration and your custom inlay.
With the tooth numb, the dentist removes any old filling materials or decay. The space is then properly prepared and cleaned. A temporary filling is then applied to protect your tooth while your inlay is being produced by a dental lab.
Your new inlay will be placed and cemented at your second appointment. A couple of adjustments may be required to ensure a comfortable bite and a proper fit.
You will get care instructions when you complete your treatment. Practicing proper hygiene, healthy eating, as well as periodic dental visits, will enhance the life of your new inlay.