What Are Inlays?
Inlays are a type of indirect dental filling. They’re custom-made restorations used to repair and restore the biting surface of a tooth. Inlays are typically used for teeth that have moderate to large cavities or have had previous fillings that have failed. They can be made from a variety of materials, such as porcelain, gold, or composite resin.
Inlays are similar to onlays, but smaller in size and only cover the inside of the cusps of the tooth. Onlays cover one or more cusps and extend over the sides of the tooth.
Benefits of Inlays
The benefits of inlays include:
- Strengthens the tooth
- Conserves tooth structure
- Improves tooth function
- Improves esthetics
- Comfortable fit
- Easy maintenance
The Inlay Procedure
The procedure for getting an inlay typically involves two visits to the dentist.
At your first visit, the affected tooth will be cleaned and shaped to make room for the inlay. Impressions will be taken of the tooth and surrounding teeth, which will be used to create the permanent inlay. A temporary inlay will then be placed on the tooth to protect it while you wait for the custom restoration to be created.
During your second visit, the permanent inlay will be placed on the tooth and adjusted to ensure a proper fit. The tooth will then be cleaned and polished, and the permanent inlay will be cemented in place.
After Your Inlay Procedure
After your inlay procedure, follow any instructions given by your dentist. These instructions typically include:
- Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day.
- Visit your dentist for regular checkups and tooth cleanings.
- If you experience any pain or sensitivity, contact your dentist immediately.
- Avoid biting on hard or sticky foods for at least 24 hours after the inlay is placed.
- Avoid consuming excessive amounts of sugary or acidic food and drinks.
Frequently Asked Questions
The lifespan of inlays can vary depending on several factors, such as the type of material used, the patient’s oral hygiene, and the location of the inlay in the mouth. However, inlays can typically last for many years.
Porcelain inlays can last anywhere from five to 15 years, while gold inlays can last 25 years or more. Composite resin inlays can also last for several years but may need to be replaced sooner than porcelain or gold inlays.
Inlays can be more expensive than other types of fillings, such as direct fillings. However, their strength and durability allow for a long-lasting solution to tooth problems.
Inlays can be made from various materials such as porcelain, gold, or composite resin. Porcelain inlays can match the color of your natural teeth, while gold inlays are strong and long-lasting. Composite resin inlays can also be tooth-colored but may not last as long as porcelain or gold inlays. Your dentist will recommend the best option for you depending on the extent of the damage, your budget, and personal preference.
Repair Damaged Teeth With Inlays
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