Porcelain inlay restorations are a very popular type of filling used to fill larger cavities. Because they have a natural color, many patients and dentists prefer this type of filling for teeth that have experienced extensive tooth decay or damage. This method of restoring your tooth is more conservative than other options such as a dental crown. This is because they require less tooth structure to be removed. Porcelain inlays will be created by a dental laboratory and will be permanently cemented into place by your dentist. Dental inlays are similar to onlays, the difference being that inlays fill the space in between the cusps at the center of the tooth’s surface.
An inlay restoration procedure can be used to repair a number of dental health issues, including:
- Teeth that are decayed
- Teeth that are fractured or broken
- Fillings that have become loose or damaged
- Large cavities
What is involved in placing porcelain inlays?
For most patients, you will need two appointments for your inlay restoration. During your first appointment, we will take several impressions of your tooth that will be used by the dental laboratory to create your porcelain inlay restoration. The lab will also create a temporary dental restoration. This will be put into place while your permanent inlay is being created.
First, we will numb your tooth and the surrounding area with a local anesthetic. Old fillings will be removed. The resulting space will be thoroughly cleaned and rinsed. The surface will be shaped to properly fit your porcelain inlay. Finally, a temporary filling will be placed in order to protect your tooth from further decay or infection.
During your second appointment, we will check to ensure that the porcelain inlay fits properly. We will then carefully cement it permanently into place. If adjustments are made, they will be done at this time to ensure that your bite remains comfortable. As with any other dental restoration, it is important that you continue a good daily oral hygiene regimen. You should also schedule regular visits to ensure your porcelain inlay lasts as long as possible.
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