An inlay is a type of indirect dental restoration. Unlike conventional fillings that are done directly on the damaged surface of the tooth, an inlay is fabricated outside the oral cavity, in a dental laboratory by technicians.
The materials of choice for this kind of restoration are porcelain and composite, but metals such as gold may also be used, as per the patient’s preference. The procedure involves recording the fine details of the prepared cavity on the tooth with the help of an impression material. With the help of this impression and a composite/porcelain shade that matches the natural dentition, a restoration is then fabricated. These days, inlays are created using computer aided manufacture and design which makes them highly accurate. The restoration is then carefully placed and cemented into the prepared cavity of the affected tooth.
The indirect method of fabrication in this case allows for impeccable precision and convenient cementation. The method effectively reduces chances of restoration failure and the development of secondary caries. It also reduces the overall chair-time for the patient as well as the dental surgeon making the procedure more comfortable and convenient as compared to conventional direct fillings. Call today for a free Consultation