A porcelain inlay is custom made of dental composite, porcelain or gold to restore a tooth. They are popular because they can look like real teeth. These inlays are made in a dental lab and cemented permanently in place by a dentist.
Inlays are a conservative method of repairing teeth that have large defective areas that have been damaged by trauma or decay. They are a smart alternative to fillings and more conservative in nature than crowns because a greater amount of natural tooth is preserved.
Like most kinds of dental restorations, inlays can fail over the years and require replacement. Still, they are exceptionally durable and can last a long time, contributing to a beautiful smile.
Choose inlays for:
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Cosmetic improvement of teeth
- Repairing decayed teeth
- Replacing broken fillings
- In place of large fillings
What is involved in getting an inlay?
Inlays are usually prepared and set over the course of two appointments. During the initial appointment, accurate impressions or molds are taken that are used to create the inlay as well as a temporary restoration. Then while the tooth is numb, the dentist takes away any old filling material or decay, cleans the space that remains and prepares the surface to fit the inlay. A temporary filling is installed, and the impressions are sent to a lab so the inlay can be made.
During the second appointment, the new inlay is cemented in its precise location. Adjusted are made as necessary to make sure the fit is exact and the bite is perfect.
Care instructions are provided after the treatment. As always, good oral care is emphasized as well as proper diet and eating habits.
To find out how porcelain inlays can work for you, call us at (619) 640-5100 for a free consultation with Dr. Paige Woods, DDS