Inlays are custom made fillings constructed from composite materials, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain.  A professional dental laboratory makes the crown, which is permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist after it has been made by the laboratory.

Inlays are a conservative method of repairing teeth that have large defective fillings or teeth that have been damaged by decay or trauma by conservatively repairing them.  As an alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings, inlays are an excellent choice.  Furthermore, because less tooth structure is removed when inlays are prepared, they are also considered to be more conservative than crowns.

Inlays are not always permanent and may someday need to be replaced as with most dental restorations, they are not always permanent.  Providing you with a beautiful, long-lasting smile for many years, they are highly durable.

The following are some reasons why inlays need to be restored:

  • Teeth that are fractured or broken.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Teeth that are decayed.
  • Fillings that have fractured.
  • Fillings that are large.

What does getting an inlay involve?

It is usually necessary to schedule two appointments for an inlay procedure.  During your first appointment, you will be required to take several highly accurate impressions (molds) of your mouth so that a custom inlay as well as a temporary restoration can be constructed.

If there is any decay or old filling materials in the tooth, the dentist will remove them while the tooth is numb.  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.

Your new inlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place at the second appointment.  In order to ensure a proper fit and a comfortable bite, a few adjustments may be required.

At the conclusion of your treatment, you will receive care instructions.  Regular dental visits, proper oral hygiene practices, and a healthy diet will prolong the life of your inlay.

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