An inlay restoration is a custom made filling fabricated from composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain inlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth, and are hard to see they’re even there. Dr. Atkins permanently cements the inlay that he has made by a professional dental laboratory.
Inlays can be used to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or that have been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays are an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings because they are laboratory created and are therefore stronger than what we can make chairside. Also, they are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation for inlays.
As with most dental restorations, inlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement. On the other hand, they are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful and long lasting smile.
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What does getting an inlay involve?
An inlay procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your final permanent custom inlay and a temporary restoration you can wear until the lab version is ready.
While the tooth is numb, the Dr. Atkins will remove any decay and/or old filling materials. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared, shaping the surface to properly fit an inlay restoration.
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, seamless, almost invisible fit and that your bite is comfortable.
Dr. Atkins and his team will give you care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will help prolong the life of your new inlay.