An inlay restoration is a custom made filling made of composite material, gold, or
tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain inlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth. A
porcelain inlay is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by your
Inlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings
or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays are an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite
fillings. Also, they are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the
preparation of inlays.
As with most dental restorations, inlays are not always permanent and may someday require
replacement. They are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting
Reasons for inlay restorations:
Broken or fractured teeth.
What does getting an inlay involve?
An inlay procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include
taking several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom inlay and a temporary
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling materials.
The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared, shaping the surface to properly fit an inlay
restoration. A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your inlay is made by a dental
At your second appointment your new inlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into
place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.
You will receive care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene
practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new inlay.