An inlay restoration is a custom filling made of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain inlays are popular because these resemble natural teeth. A porcelain inlay is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist.
Inlays can be utilized to conservatively 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, these are more conservative than crowns because less tooth is removed in the preparation of these inlays.
As is the case with most dental restorations, inlays are not permanent and someday might require replacement. They are highly durable and last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
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What does getting an inlay involve?
An inlay process is divided into two parts and requires two seatings. Your first appointment includes taking highly accurate impressions (molds) that are used to create a custom inlay and a temporary restoration.
The dentists removes the decay/old filling while the tooth is numb, then cleaning the space and shaping the surface to fit an inlay restoration. After this a temporary inlay is applied to the tooth until the main custom inlay gets prepared in the dental laboratory.
At your second appointment, your new inlay is carefully and precisely cemented into place. A few adjustments might be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.
Once the procedure is done, your dentist will give you a few instructions that one must follow in order for the inlays to last long.