If you have a large cavity or a deeply chipped and fractured tooth, a porcelain or composite dental inlay from Dr. Mundi Buechele at Clermont Family Dentistry may be the best option for you. Inlays are a very durable alternative to fillings, and ensure your newly-restored tooth will remain strong and beautiful for years to come. Learn more below, or contact us now for a consultation in Clermont.
What Are Dental Inlays?
Dental inlays are also sometimes called “indirect fillings.” This is because, unlike a traditional “direct” filling, the inlay is not built and placed in a single appointment.
Instead, the procedure takes two appointments. At your first appointment, the tooth will be cleaned and trimmed to prepare for the inlay. Then, Dr. Buechele will take impressions of your tooth, and send them to a lab.
There, a durable inlay will be built from composite resin or porcelain ceramic materials. At your follow-up appointment, your inlay will be permanently bonded to your tooth.
Why should you get an inlay instead of a traditional filling? Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits of doing so now.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Inlays?
The biggest benefit of an inlay is that Dr. Buechele does not have to remove as much of the natural tooth structure when preparing to place your dental restoration. Preserving more of your enamel is always a good thing, because this helps keep your teeth strong.
In addition, inlays are created to have the best possible fit. They will not have any gaps, cracks, or other areas where bacteria can enter and cause tooth decay. This leads to a more durable, natural restoration.
Dental inlays also are more long-lasting treatment, compared to a traditional filling. A porcelain inlay, for example, can often last 20-30 years or longer, while most fillings last around 10-15 years with proper oral hygiene.
Finally, inlays can typically be used to treat teeth that may not be suitable for fillings, and may otherwise require dental crowns. Inlays are usually cheaper than crowns, and do not require the removal of as much tooth structure, making them a good, less-invasive alternative to fillings.
How Are Inlays Made & Placed?
First, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed. Then, Dr. Buechele will use a dental drill to remove any damaged or decayed enamel from your teeth, and prepare it for the inlay. After the tooth has been prepared, he will use dental putty to take impressions of it, and send these impressions to a dental lab. You’ll be sent home with a temporary filling to protect your tooth.
In 2-3 weeks, your completed inlay will arrive at our office, and you’ll come in for your second and final appointment. Dr. Buechele will check the fit of the inlay and make sure it looks perfect. Then, he will use powerful dental cement to attach it to your tooth permanently, completing the procedure.
How Should I Care For My Inlays?
One great thing about composite and porcelain inlays is that they require no special care or treatment. Simply brush and floss normally to keep your teeth healthy and strong, and see the team at Clermont Family Dentistry for a teeth cleaning and oral exam every six months.