A porcelain inlay is a custom-made filling comprised of tooth-colored porcelain composite and can be used to repair teeth that have suffered extensive damage due to trauma or decay. They are used as an alternative to traditional metal or amalgam fillings, and are increasingly popular because they more closely resemble your natural tooth.
A porcelain inlay can be used to repair a number of dental issues, but most commonly:
Porcelain inlays are a more cost-effective and conservative choice to dental crowns, because less of the tooth needs to be removed in preparation for a porcelain inlay. For some cosmetic procedures, a porcelain inlay may be preferable to a dental crown.
Having a porcelain inlay placed generally requires two appointments. During your first visit, your dentist will remove any old fillings or decayed material from the tooth. The space will then be carefully cleaned and prepared for the inlay. Your dentist will take several impressions of the tooth in order to create a mold that will be used to make a temporary filling. The mold will then be sent to a dental laboratory where your permanent inlay will be made.
During your second visit, the temporary filling will be removed and your permanent inlay will be fitted and carefully cemented. You may need an a few adjustments in order to ensure a comfortable fit and proper bite. It’s important to remember that while porcelain inlays are durable, they may need to be repaired or replaced in the future. You can extend the life of your inlay by following good oral hygiene practices, and by keeping regular appointments. Our Dallas dentist Jaime Osorio DDS can speak to you more about porcelain inlays.