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Porcelain Inlays

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Porcelain inlays are a natural-looking type of restoration for a tooth that is too damaged to support a filling, but not so much that it requires a dental crown. It is intended to repair the tooth’s chewing surface offering a well-fitting, stronger lasting reparative solution to tooth decay. Porcelain inlays are more durable than amalgam or composite fillings and less expensive than crowns.

Reasons for inlay restorations:

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Decayed teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • Large fillings

What is the difference between an inlay and an onlay?

Dental inlays are restorations to the back teeth that have a mile to moderate amount of decay or damage lying within the indented top surface. Onlays are used to treat decay that extends to one or more of the cusps.

What is involved in getting an inlay?

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 our 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.

Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will help in the life of your new inlay.