Dental Inlay


What is Dental Inlay?

Inlays are custom fit fillings made in a laboratory. First, the decay is cleaned from your tooth and then an impression of the tooth is made and sent to the lab. In the interim, a temporary filling is used to fill in space and protect your tooth from fracture or further deterioration. It's important that you avoid chewing or applying any stress to the temporary filling, as it may be fragile.

When the lab receives the impression from your dentist they will custom make your filling for your tooth. There are several types of materials they can use for the inlay.

Type of Materials Used For Dental Inlay

Below are the types of materials used for Dental Inlay:

  1. Porcelain Inlays

    The first type of inlay is porcelain or ceramic material colored to match your tooth. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing the other benefits of porcelain or ceramic inlays are that they are also quite stain resistant and hard.

  2. Metal Inlays

    The second type of inlay is made of a metal, such as gold. Metallic inlays are well known for their durability.

    There are five surfaces of the tooth eligible for restoration: the distal, occlusal, buccal, mesial, and lingual/palatal surfaces. Tooth surfaces that can be restored are the distal, occlusal, buccal, mesial, and lingual/palatal surfaces. Gold, silver, and palladium are some of the metals placed on tooth surfaces.

  3. Composite Inlays

    The final type of inlay is made of tooth-colored composites. Like the porcelain inlays, composites are also very aesthetically pleasing. All three types of inlays are bonded or glued to your teeth with a special cement or glue. Keep in mind that you should stay away from eating on the site of the newly cemented inlay for at least 24 hours.

Porcelain Inlay & Composite Inlay Post Treatment Expectation

Following the inlay treatment, it is very common to experience some discomfort, normally at the site of the anesthetic or at the tooth itself. To alleviate the discomfort you can follow your dentist’s recommendation on taking an over the counter pain medication such as Advil. If your symptoms persist for more than a few days, you should visit your dentist.

In some cases and due to a variety of reasons your inlay could become loose. In this case, you should contact or visit your dentist.

Please keep in mind the longevity of a filling depends in large part on your oral hygiene and diet. Be sure to maintain your filling with proper brushing and flossing.

If you have any additional questions, please consult your dentist.