What is an Inlay?
An inlay restoration is a custom-made filling made of composite material - gold or tooth-coloured porcelain. Inlays can be utilised to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma.
Why consider an inlay?
Inlays are recommended by your dentist to fix:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
What are inlays an alternative to?
Inlays are an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings.
How are inlays placed?
An inlay procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (moulds) that will be used to create your custom inlay and a temporary restoration.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling materials. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared, shaping the surface to properly fit an inlay restoration. A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your inlay is made by a dental laboratory.
At your second appointment your new inlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.
How do I care for my inlay?
You will receive care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new inlay.
What are the advantages of inlays?
Inlays are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of inlays. Porcelain inlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth. A porcelain inlay is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist.
What is the durability of an inlay?
As with most dental restorations, inlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement. They are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long-lasting smile.