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Understanding Dental Inlays

Posted on 9/30/2016 by Dr. Michael Drone
A woman happy with her smile after being repaired with a dental inlay.Cavities in your teeth, a result of tooth decay, need to be filled. Left untreated, the tooth will continue to decay, leading to infections and possibly tooth loss. Fillings, often made of amalgams or composite resins, are placed into the spaces after the decay is removed. There is another option: dental inlays.

What is a Dental Inlay?

A dental inlay is an alternative to a traditional filling. Unlike amalgam or composite resin fillings, which are placed inside the cleaned out cavities and hardened, inlays are created from impressions of the tooth and the cavity. Inlays are used to replace the missing structure within the cusp of an affected tooth.

Dental inlays are commonly made from gold or porcelain. Gold offers strength while porcelain matches the color of your natural teeth. Less frequently, a composite resin may be used.

Inlays are Different From Fillings

There are a few differences between inlays and traditional fillings. First, a filling is a soft material that is placed in the tooth and hardened, whereas the inlay is created in a lab. Fillings may shrink upon hardening whereas an inlay is a perfect fit. Finally, depending upon the size of the cavity, a filling can actually weaken a tooth, possibly causing a wedge, whereas an inlay can strengthen it.

The procedure for a dental inlay starts similar to the procedure for a traditional filling. If needed, a local anesthetic is administered. Decay is then removed from the cavity. Then the procedure differs. Rather than being filled immediately, impressions of the tooth are taken and sent to a lab. A temporary filling is placed while the inlay is being created. When it is ready, you will return to the office and your dentist will cement the inlay in place.

Cavities need to be taken care of as soon as possible. Inlays are an excellent alternative to traditional fillings. Contact our office today to find out if they are a good option for you.
Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics
809 Wall Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
PH: (219) 250-1163
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