An inlay restoration is a custom made filling made of composite material, gold, or more often, tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain inlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth. Porcelain inlays are made in office with CEREC CAD/CAM technology and are permanently cemented into the tooth the same day. The process of getting a porcelain inlay is similar to the process of getting a porcelain crown.
Inlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays are an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings. Also, they are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of inlays.
As with most dental restorations, inlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement. They are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Reasons for inlay restorations: