An inlay restoration is a custom made filling of gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain inlays are popular because they mimic your natural tooth and have a “Chameleon effect”.
Inlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays are to repair teeth that could conceivably be repaired by a traditional silver-mercury or composite fillings. The difference lies in the materials. These porcelain inlay/onlays will not break down over time as traditional fillings will. While the traditional silver-mercury amalgam and composite resins will need replacing, and ultimately perhaps into a crown or onlay, the porcelain onlays may last your lifetime barring unforseen problems. This saves you having to have the treatment redone at even greater cost later.
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.
What does getting an inlay involve?
As with the full coverage crowns, these beautiful durable restorations are completed in one appointment. The decay and/or broken portions of the tooth are removed and an optical image is taken. The restoration is then designed on the computer and milled out of solid porcelain in the office. It is then adjusted and bonded into place. You leave with a beautiful porcelain onlay that mimics the color and shade of the tooth.
You will receive care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new inlay.