An inlay restoration is a custom-made filling comprised of a composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain inlays are popular because they resemble your natural teeth. A porcelain inlay is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by Dr. Vann.
Inlays are a conservative way to repair teeth that have large, defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays are an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings. Also, they are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of inlays.
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.
Reasons for inlay restorations:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Need for cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
What does getting an inlay involve?
An inlay procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom inlay and a temporary restoration.
While the tooth is numb, Dr. Vann will remove any decay/old filling materials. She will then thoroughly clean and carefully prepare the tooth, 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 precisely cemented into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure that the fit is right and your bite is comfortable.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will extend the life of your new inlay.
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