Dental inlays are used to treat back teeth that have decay or damage that is too big to be repaired with a standard filling. They were originally made of gold alloys, but more recently it is possible to make them from tooth coloured materials like porcelain, ceramics, and even a white metal called Zirconia. These ‘fillings’ are virtually indestructible.
The biggest advantage is that they can sometimes avoid the need for a crown on a tooth, the preparation for which can be very destructive and has a higher incidence of tooth death.
How is it done?
Inlay placement is usually carried out over two appointments.
During your first visit, the tooth will be modified to accept an inlay, then an impression of your tooth will be taken, and a temporary inlay will be made and placed in the tooth. The impressions, along with a shade, are then picked up by a designated service and taken to a dental laboratory, where an inlay is created over a period of approximately two weeks.
On your second appointment, the temporary inlay will be removed and the permanent restoration will be placed carefully over your tooth and bonded securely in place.