Inlays are a conservative and effective solution we offer at Dr. Marie A. Holliday, DMD, for restoring damaged or decayed teeth. A dental inlay is an indirect restoration used to repair a tooth with mild to moderate decay or damage. It is usually crafted in a dental laboratory, based on an impression taken by the dentist. Once ready, the inlay is bonded to the prepared tooth, providing strength and structural support.
The Inlay Procedure
If an inlay is deemed suitable, the dentist will prepare the affected tooth by removing any decay or damaged areas. Unlike traditional fillings, which are directly placed into the cavity, inlays require the removal of slightly more tooth structure to accommodate the custom-made restoration.
After the tooth is prepared, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth. This impression serves as a blueprint for creating the inlay. While the inlay is fabricated at the dental laboratory, a temporary filling is placed on the prepared tooth to protect it from sensitivity and further damage.
Once the inlay is ready, the temporary filling is removed, and the custom-made inlay is carefully fitted onto the tooth. The dentist ensures the inlay fits perfectly and matches the natural tooth color. The inlay is bonded to the tooth using dental cement, creating a strong and seamless bond.
The Benefits of Dental Inlays
Inlays are a conservative treatment option compared to dental crowns. They require less removal of healthy tooth structure, preserving more of the natural tooth.
Porcelain and composite resin inlays are tooth-colored, providing a seamless and natural appearance that harmoniously blends in with the surrounding teeth.
Porcelain inlays, in particular, are highly resistant to staining, helping maintain a bright smile for an extended period.
Inlays offer better thermal insulation than metal fillings, reducing sensitivity to hot and cold stimuli.
Caring for Dental Inlays
- Regular brushing and flossing are essential to keep your inlays and natural teeth free from plaque and decay.
- Continue to visit our dentist for routine check-ups and cleanings to ensure the longevity of your inlays.
- Refrain from using your teeth as tools or biting into hard foods to prevent damage to the inlays.
- When choosing dental care products, opt for non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid scratching the surface of the inlays.
Dental inlays are a remarkable dental restoration option that combines strength, aesthetics, and conservation. With their ability to restore damaged or decayed teeth subtly and durably, inlays are becoming a preferred choice for patients seeking long-term solutions. If you have a tooth with mild to moderate damage or decay, visit Dr. Marie A. Holliday, DMD, at 115 West 2nd St., Suite 200, Fort Worth, TX 76102, or call (817) 877-1872 to explore whether an inlay is the ideal treatment.