A porcelain inlay is a custom-made filling designed to repair teeth that have large fillings that have become loose or cracked or are damaged or decayed. In recent years, porcelain inlays have become increasingly popular because they are less invasive than crowns, which require more tooth structure to be removed during placement. Porcelain inlays are very durable and can last for many years.
What is a porcelain inlay used for?
A porcelain inlay can be used to repair a number of different dental issues, including:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Loose or fractured fillings
- Large cavities
- Severely decayed teeth
They may also be used for cosmetic enhancement for teeth that are severely damaged or misshapen. Porcelain inlays can be used for many of the same dental issues that crowns are traditionally used for. Many dentists prefer porcelain inlay restorations because they require less of the remaining tooth to be removed for placement, which is helpful when a large cavity is involved. Many people also prefer the look of a porcelain inlay restoration to a more traditional dental amalgam filling.
What is involved in getting a porcelain inlay?
Getting a porcelain inlay will typically require two trips to your dentist’s office. During your first visit, several impressions will be taken of the tooth or teeth involved in order to create both your custom porcelain inlay, and a temporary restoration. Your mouth will be numbed using an anesthetic, and your dentist will remove the old filling materials and any decay. The resulting space will be cleaned and shaped to allow proper fitting of the porcelain inlay restoration. A temporary filling will be put in place to prevent any further damage to the tooth while you await your permanent inlay from the professional dental laboratory. During your second visit, your permanent custom inlay will be carefully fitted into place, and adjustments will be made to ensure maximum comfort and proper fit. You will receive specific care instructions from your dentist at this time. Once the inlay is in place, you will need to maintain a proper diet, good oral hygiene practices, and regular visits to your dentist to ensure the porcelain inlay will last for as long as possible.
To learn more about porcelain inlays, or to see if you are a good candidate for one, please call Manhattan Beach Dental Center today at 310-376-0482 today to schedule a consultation. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help you get the restoration you need to look and feel your best.