Inlay restorations are specifically made custom fillings which are produced in a dental lab using a variety of materials ranging from gold to tooth colored porcelain. The uses of inlays are to conservatively repair teeth that have been damaged to a large degree by decay or other trauma. Less tooth material must be removed than when a crown is utilized, so inlays are preferential for most patients if possible.

Inlay restorations are used for:

  • Fractured teeth or broken teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Teeth with large amounts of decay.
  • Fillings with fractures.
  • Very large fillings.

Inlay restorations involve:

The procedure to get inlay restorations done is generally a two appointment procedure. During the first appointment the dentist will make impressions or molds of the teeth and sent these impressions to a dental lab for construction of the filling. The dentist will then clean the teeth and prepare them by removing the damaged areas of decayed portions. This is accomplished using a local anesthesia. A temporary filling is placed into the area until the second appointment.
On the second appointment the temporary filling is removed and the area is re-examined for damage. The new inlay is then cemented into place.
Most inlays will last many years with proper care, but will eventually need replacement.