An inlay restoration is a custom-made filling made of composite material, gold or tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain inlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth. A porcelain inlay is made by a professional dental laboratory. It is permanently cemented onto the tooth by your dentist.
Porcelain inlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Porcelain inlays are an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings. They are a more conservative option because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of inlays.
As with most dental restorations, inlays are not always permanent. It may someday require replacement. They are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long-lasting smile.
An inlay procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (molds). These will be used to create your custom porcelain inlays and a temporary restoration.
While the tooth is numb, our 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 porcelain inlay is made by a dental laboratory.
At your second appointment, your new porcelain inlays 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.
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 porcelain inlay. Call Pro Smiles OC today at 949-880-6638 to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Ivan Ho, and learn more about dental inlays in Laguna Hills, California.