Inlay Restorations – Gramercy Park New York City
When a tooth has a large defective filling or has even had some kind of damage or decay done by trauma then an inlay restoration can be done. They are a great alternative to the traditional silver composite fillings. They are actually more conservative than crowns because less of the tooth structure is removed in preparation. Inlay Restorations are lab made restorations that can be made from various materials. These restorations are made from metals such as gold, porcelain, and composite resins. Porcelain and composite inlays are cosmetic alternatives to fillings. They are very strong compared to regular white fillings. Gold inlays are also suitable alternatives, but their appearance makes them less popular so they are not used often. These treatments are used to conservatively repair teeth that have large fillings that haven’t worked or have great damage due to decay and trauma. An inlay is an ideal alternative to a typical silver or composite filling. This is because it typically lasts longer and is more esthetically pleasing to people. Although they are durable, they are not always permanent and may need a replacement in time.
Reasons for Inlay Restorations:
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Teeth that are decaying
- Fillings that have been fractured
- Large fillings
- Cosmetic enhancement
Inlay Restoration Procedure:
For an inlay procedure, it usually takes two appointments to get everything completed and corrected. The first appointment will be for taking multiple highly accurate impressions which are also known as molds. This will be used to create the custom inlay and restoration. The dentist will remove any decay or old filling material while the tooth is numb. Then the space will be cleaned thoroughly and then carefully prepared. The dentist will shape the surface to properly fit the inlay restoration. Then the temporary filling will be placed in order to protect the tooth while waiting for the inlay to be made by the dental laboratory.
During the second appointment, the new inlay will be carefully and accurately cemented into place. A few adjustments may be made in order to ensure a proper and comfortable fit for the inlay and the bite. The dentist will then give you care instructions and good oral hygiene directions in order to aid in the life of your new inlay. The dentist will also discuss a proper diet and the importance of regular dental visits to ensure good overall dental hygiene.