An inlay is a porcelain restoration that is bonded in the center of a tooth. When well done, porcelain inlays last a very long time and do not stain or darken over the years, they are superior in quality to amalgam and resin restoration. Your dentist will do a thorough examination to see if an inlay would be more beneficial for you.
Inlays can often be used instead of traditional dental fillings to treat tooth decay or similar structural damage. While dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a visit with your dentist, inlays are fabricated in a dental lab; your dentist then fits and bonds it to the damaged tooth.
There are quite a few advantages to inlay restorations:
- Superior fit: inlays preserve as much healthy tooth as possible. They are a good choice if you have minimal to moderate tooth decay.
- Tooth color: Porcelain inlays are not likely to discolor over time, as tooth-colored resin fillings sometimes do
- Easy to maintain: Your tooth can be easier to clean than it would be with a different restoration like amalgam or a resin, because the fit is tailored at all edges and the preparation is minimal. During the curing process, composite fillings can shrink and over time amalgam restoration edge start to chip off. Prefabricated porcelain inlays will not, thus ensuring a perfect fit.
- Tight space fulfillments: Inlays are better at sealing teeth to keep out bacteria, and they are easy to clean, will not stain, and offer exceptional longevity.
- Strength and stability: Inlays are extremely stable solutions for the treatment of decay. Their superior fit and durable material make inlays a great choice that can actually strengthen a damaged tooth.