What are Inlays?
An inlay is a type of dental restoration specifically placed on the inside of the crown of a tooth. Inlays may be necessary if you have decay in one or more teeth, or if a tooth already has a filling that needs to be replaced. The cusps and fissures on the tops of the teeth are most susceptible to bacteria and decay. For this reason, the inlay creates a restorative cover on the tooth, protecting it from further damage.
Why would you need Inlays?
You may need an inlay if you have decay on the very top of the tooth, which is often referred to as the biting surface. It is not uncommon to have an inlay replace a dental filling, since they offer more strength and integrity to the tooth, while additionally lasting longer. A typical dental filling will need to be replaced every few years, whereas an inlay can easily last for two, or even three, decades with proper care and maintenance. Inlays are made using high-quality materials, designed to look completely natural and blend in with the rest of your teeth.
What makes you a good candidate for Inlays?
Inlays require no surgery, and are easy to place. Most often, they’re recommended to people with decay on the top of their teeth, or those who have older, damaged fillings. The inlay is matched to the rest of your teeth, so it will not stand out from your other teeth when you smile or open your mouth. An inlay can withstand a lot of force and pressure, so it’s a wonderful restoration option for when you’re looking for a more long-term solution.
What happens during the Inlay procedure?
The inlay procedure first involves removing either the decay from the tooth, or the existing filling. The area is cleaned, and an impression made to create the inlay itself. A tooth shade match is done so that the inlay matches seamlessly with your smile. The inlay is made and sent back to our office, then we place it on top of your tooth using a high-quality medical-grade adhesive. You can then go home, enjoying the many benefits of having an inlay. Your new inlay can easily last for several decades before it’ll need to be replaced completely.