For many cosmetic and restorative purpose, there’s no better choice than a porcelain inlay, an excellent and precise lab-made alternative to bonding and large fillings. Porcelain or composite inlays are a popular choice because they can look just like natural tooth material. And unlike bonding which is done in the dental office and depends entirely on the skill of the dentist, inlays are made under the controlled conditions of a lab to the specifications provided by our team here in San Diego at Brighton Dental.
Sometimes used in place of crowns which require taking away much of the natural tooth to fit, inlays are more conservative and are right for repairing teeth with large defects caused by decay or trauma. In many situations, they can work better than fillings.
Durable Inlays Last For Years
Inlays are intended to last for years, contributing to the beauty of your smile and providing function that mimics the way natural material works. Like all dental restorations and cosmetic dental procedures, however, inlays will most likely eventually need to be replaced.
We recommend dental inlays in the following circumstances:
• You have a fractured or broken tooth, depending on the exact circumstances.
• You have a tooth that needs a large filling.
• You have a broken filling.
• And other circumstances too.
You can be sure that we’ll inform you of all your choices before we suggest any one procedure for you. We have a choice that will work for you.
What’s Involved In Getting An Inlay
Getting an inlay is a simple process, but it cannot be completed in a single visit as bonding can because the inlay must be made at an outside lab. During your first inlay appointment, we take precise impressions – or molds – that we use to make a temporary restoration and send to the lab for fabrication of the permanent replacement.
Next, we numb the tooth using one of our painless numbing procedures and take away the decay, old filling material, damage or whatever needs to go, cleaning the area carefully for the inlay. During that same visit, we put in a temporary filling. Then, we send the impressions to the dental lab.
When you return for your second inlay appointment, we cement the permanent new inlay in place. In most cases, it fits perfectly. But we can make adjustments to its size and shape and adjust the biting surface for comfort just as we would for a filling. When we’re done, we send you home with care instructions – which are just about the same as taking proper care of natural teeth. In all cases, we emphasize a good diet, good eating habits and careful oral hygiene.
Inlays Are Among Many Dental Choices
Inlays are just one of the choices available for cosmetic and restorative dental procedures at Brighton Dental San Diego. If a tooth is badly damaged, we may suggest a crown instead. We might also suggest a dental bonding procedure if time is of the essence or you want to save money. Bonding can be done in a single visit, but it isn’t the right choice to replace large fillings or in some other circumstances.
The important thing to remember is this: There’s always something we can do. Every dental problem has a solution. Working with you and keeping your goals and budget in mind, we can formulate a plan to handle each of your dental issues.
Learn more about inlays on the Porcelain Inlays page of the Brighton Dental website.
To see if an inlay is right for you, please make an appointment with us. Dr. Woods and the whole team is here for you – and we’re just a call away.