When there is a space within your tooth, there is a solution called inlay restorations that your dentist can offer you. This will be made from composite material, gold, or porcelain, the latter being the most popular because it helps the tooth to blend in.

Having an inlay is a very conservative and safe approach to keeping your tooth as healthy as possible, and many people will choose them over composite fillings or silver fillings, and a more positive choice as opposed to crowns because less of your tooth would be lost.

dental inlay on a molar tooth

Dental inlay on a molar tooth

Replacement would only be needed rarely, as the strength and durability of the inlay means that they can last a very long time. This means that you can enjoy your smile for a long time, and if you have anything in the below list, then an inlay could be a good choice for you:

  • Broken and fractured teeth
  • Teeth that are decaying
  • Fillings that are broken
  • Fillings that are very large
  • Teeth that have a root canal
  • Teeth that require cosmetic improvement

What is involved in getting an inlay?

Two appointments with your dentist should be enough for them to complete the inlay fitting. At the first appointment, a precise impression will be taken of your teeth so that the dental lab that they work with will be able to create an inlay that will fit your mouth exactly.

Then your dentist will remove any decay or bacteria from your tooth so that you can be confident that your tooth will then be healthy. A temporary inlay will be put in so that your tooth will not collect any further bacteria, as the inlay will take a few weeks in be completed.

The second appointment will involve that temporary inlay being removed, and the permanent inlay that has been made specially for you, and your dentist will make sure that you can bite and chew properly. Then your dentist will give you instructions on how to care for your new inlay, and this will include good oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and dental visits every few months so that they can keep an eye on your inlay.


Would you like to know if an inlay restoration is right for you? Call (619) 640-5100