Dental inlays are used when crowns are not needed but fillings are not sufficient. They are generally used to improve the structure of the teeth at the back of your mouth. They are the perfect solution to damaged or cracked teeth and improve the damage caused by the initial stages of decay.
The method used in the past of filling teeth with metal material has been replaced by either porcelain or a resin compound. Gold is rarely used but is becoming more attractive as an unusual alternative. Many of our patients are requesting the replacement of old metal fillings with these new materials as they are a more attractive option; they can be made to look more appealing by developing a colour to look more like your natural teeth.
Dental inlays are bonded to your teeth in appropriate areas; most commonly where damage to teeth is easily caused simply by eating, chewing or biting on something hard.
Are Inlays long lasting?
Inlays are a long lasting and a more attractive alternative to metal fillings but they're dependent on the natural teeth being healthy enough to support the Inlay. Other reasons, such as the materials and compounds used for the Inlays, will have an impact on durability. Oral hygiene, as in normal dental routine, is a very important factor in retaining the stability and endurance of Inlays. How you eat, bite and chew will matter, so great care always has to be taken. Regular visits to your dentist will also ensure the stability of your Inlays, however, it must be remembered that Inlays can last for many, many years, decades even.
How dental inlays are applied
The procedure for fixing your Inlays will start with your first appointment and a consultation with one of our experienced dental practitioners. This first appointment will involve the damaged or decayed part of the tooth being surgically removed. The tooth will then be carefully prepared to take hold of the Inlay. An impression will be made of the tooth or teeth and a mould will be made to match exactly the formation of your tooth as well as your bite. The mould is then sent to our dental laboratory where the technicians there will make the Inlay to fit your mouth perfectly.
The follow-up appointment is where the Inlay is positioned onto the prepared tooth or teeth. Once the procedure is carried out, the dentist will give your Inlay the final treatment and polish and your procedure is complete.
Does it hurt?
Dental surgery will often cause a certain amount of pain but this can be alleviated by a local anaesthetic. This will numb the area where the work is to be carried out. There may well be some residual pain following the first appointment when your teeth are being prepared for the Inlay and some pain can also be expected following the application of the Inlays; but on both occasions, general over-the-counter painkillers are all that is required. You will be advised of what is appropriate at the time.
So there we have it. Inlays have proved to be the perfectly aesthetic alternative to metal fillings. Dental Inlays make teeth stronger due to the materials that are now used in the production process. They can be coloured to match your teeth as closely as possible to their natural tone. Cold and hot food or drink will not affect your teeth because there is no metal involved.
Contact the experienced team at EnVisage Dentistry Tweedsmuir today for more advice and information about dental inlays.