Porcelain Inlays

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. In most cases,  a porcelain inlay is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist. In Dr. Matthews' office, she uses a cerec machine, which will mill an inlay from a block of porcelain while you wait to save you the trouble of returning for your restoration. Please see section on cerec same day crowns.

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 smile.

Reasons for inlay restorations:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.

What does getting an inlay involve?

The inlay will be made by the cerec machine in one appointment.  First a digital impression of your existing tooth is taken.

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 second digital impression is taken, then the inlay is designed on our cad/cam computer.  The information is transferred wirelessly to our porcelain milling chamber which mills out the custom restoration and while you wait you can read, watch tv or have a cup of  pure inventions antioxidant tea! When the restoration has finished milling (15-20 minutes) it will be fitted then permanently cemented before your go--no temporary restoration!

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.