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Cosmetic Dentistry- Porcelain Inlays




Porcelain Inlays

A porcelain inlay is merely a custom made filling. It has characteristics of a crown because of how its made. The material for inlays vary. Each material will have its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Depending where the inlay will be placed at will inevitably decide which material is best. You and your dentist can discuss that when the time comes. In most cases Porcelain Inlays are made because the finished product (inlay) will resemble the natural color of your teeth. In general, an inlay is made by a professional dental laboratory which will use an impression (mold) to make the inlay a precise fit! Later the inlay is permanently cemented on by your dentist.

Inlays can be the best option for teeth that have large holes, loose, defective or broken fillings which were caused by tooth decay, trauma or over time the inlay will work perfectly! Inlays are often utilized mostly because the want or need for an alternative to an silver amalgam filling, a composite filling or a crown. In addition to this, inlays are a part of minimally evasive dentistry because they are conservative in the sense that minimal tooth decay or tooth structure is removed while achieving the great results of a crown.

As with most dental restorations, porcelain inlays may have to be replaced at some point in time. Most patients have kept the same inlay in for decades and some have kept them in longer! Porcelain inlays are designed to match the size, shape and color of your teeth giving you that natural look. That being said, they are very durable and will provide you will many long lasting years, giving you that beautiful smile that you have always wanted.

Reasons For Inlay Restorations:

- Large Fillings
- Broken, Fractured or Chipped Fillings
- Decayed Teeth
- Fractured or Broken Teeth
- Cosmetic/aesthetic Enhancement
- Alterative choice to composite filling, amalgam filling or crown

What is involved in a Inlay?

This procedure usually takes two appointments. To start off the first appointment, we will take very precise impressions (molds) of your upper and lower teeth. The impressions then will be sent off to a Dental Lab where they will be used to create a custom (size, shape, and color) crown. The custom inlay will take about 1-2 weeks to make.

The procedure is typically painless, the area where the tooth is located will be numb with (novocain). Next the dentist will prepare the tooth for the inlay by removing any decay and also by shaping the surfaces of the tooth to accept the inlay. After that, a temporary inlay will be placed on the tooth using temporary cement. Before you leave your bite pattern will be checked. Sometimes it is hard for you to tell how your bite pattern is when you are numb, so we use bite ink film, you bite down and it will leave ink spots where to tell us if your bite is correct.

When the custom inlay is back from the Dental Lab, you will be attending your second and last appointment. The inlay will be placed on your tooth to see if it fits properly, if need be minor adjustments will be made to ensure that it fits flawlessly. Before you leave your bite pattern will be checked. Sometimes it is hard for you to tell how your bite pattern is when you are numb, so we use bite ink film, you bite down and it will leave ink spots where to tell us if your bite is correct.

After the procedure you will be given post procedural care instructions. As with any examination or procedure good oral hygiene practices, and regular dental examination visits will be encouraged to maintain the life of your porcelain inlay and your smile.

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