Inlay Restorations from Green Dental & Orthodontics
Dentists use fillings to seal cavities and improve the look of a tooth. Fillings come in a few different forms: composite, gold, and tooth-colored porcelain. Before a filling can be placed inside of a tooth, the cavity must be thoroughly cleaned out. Once the cavity is clean, your dentist will then place a filling inside of it.
To most people, tooth decay and trauma can be a painful reality. Inlays are an ideal alternative to silver and composite fillings because they take less of your tooth’s natural structure.
Inlays are just one way to provide conservative dental care. Crowns, on the other hand, require more tooth extraction and exposure to the oral environment.
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. Consult with your nearby dentist to know more about inlays and how they can help you to seal the cavities in your tooth and enhance the look of your tooth.
Reasons for inlay restorations:
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
- Decayed teeth.
- Fractured fillings.
- Large fillings
What does getting an inlay involve?
In order for an inlay procedure to go smoothly, it usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment includes taking several impressions that will be used to create the custom inlay and temporary restoration.
Your dentist will numb your tooth. Once it’s numb, he or she will remove any decay or old filling material. They will then clean the space thoroughly and prepare it to receive the inlay restoration, shaping it so that it can properly fit. They will also place a temporary filling to protect your tooth while they wait for the inlay to be made by the laboratory.
At your second appointment, your new inlay will be carefully cemented into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and comfortable bite. In other words, after cementing the inlay, your dentist may do a few adjustments to make sure it fits comfortably and is properly situated.
You will receive instructions on how to take care of your inlay at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper oral hygiene practices, a healthy diet, and regular dental visits will help maintain the life of your teeth and inlay.