What is a dental inlay procedure?

Dental inlays, the procedure and how it works.

Sometimes when your tooth needs restoring due to decayThe lay term for carious lesions in a tooth; decomposition of tooth structure. or trauma,  the dentist may recommend a dental inlay procedure. This is similar to having a crownSimple crown procedure utilizing a porcelain crown fused to non-precious metal and not involving complicated prep. placed, however you keep more of your natural tooth, which helps support the inlay and is an alternative to a more traditional fillingA lay term used for the restoring of lost tooth structure by using materials such as metal, alloy, or porcelain..

The initial step in having a dental inlay fitted is having your mouth and the area surrounding your tooth numbed through local anaesthetic. The dentist will then remove the decay from the tooth in order to stop this infection from spreading to other parts of the tooth.

After this part, an impression of the tooth will be taken, using a putty or digitally, and sent to the lab to create an inlay model. Your dentist will give you the opportunity to choose the type of inlay you would prefer, such as gold, a more natural ceramic or even resin.

The final step will involve the dentist fitting a temporary filling which will protect the tooth from damage or sensitivity until the inlay has been added.

Upon your second appointment, the team will insert your new inlay, by attaching it to your tooth using a cement and resin mixture that hardens when exposed to bright UV light. This will ensure the longevity of the tooth.

An inlay is a great way to support your tooth and restore your smile, however it is vital that you maintain it through a good oral hygiene routine and properly brush your teeth and floss regularly, to avoid any complications with the inlay.

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