A porcelain inlay restoration is a custom made filling of tooth-colored porcelain.
An inlay restoration is made by a professional dental laboratory or a CEREC System and is permanently cemented into the tooth. Inlays are utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays are an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings. Plus, they are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed.
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.
An inlay procedure usually requires two appointments. The first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom inlay and a temporary restoration. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling materials. The space will be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared, shaping the surface to properly fit an inlay restoration. A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your inlay is created.
At your second appointment your new inlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and comfortable bite.