Porcelain Inlays in North Miami Beach, FL
An inlay restoration is a custom made filling made of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain inlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth. A porcelain inlay is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist.
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.
Benefits of Inlay Restoration
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
The Inlay Process
An inlay procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom inlay and a temporary restoration.While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling materials. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared, shaping the surface to properly fit an inlay restoration. A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your inlay is made by a dental laboratory.
At your second appointment your new inlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.You will receive care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new inlay.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do porcelain inlays last?
Porcelain inlays can last up to 20 to 30 years with proper oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and scheduling biannual checkups at our North Miami Beach office with one of our expert dentists. If your inlays ever get damaged or worned out, you can easily get them replaced in one visit to our dental practice.
How do I care for my inlays?
Our porcelain inlays can be treated just like your natural teeth and don’t require much special attention. As long as you brush your teeth and floss daily, your inlays will last a lifetime thanks to their durability.
During your consultation with one of our dentists, you’ll be given instructions on how to care for your inlays as well as what specific types of toothbrushes to use. Dr. Aboo recommends using a toothpaste without any abrasive ingredients.
What are the advantages of inlays compared to regular fillings?
Porcelain inlays are much more durable than regular fillings and can strengthen your tooth in the process, whereas fillings can potentially weaken it. Inlays can replace larger areas of decay without having to remove a huge amount of your natural tooth.
Unlike silver amalgam, which expands and condenses with hot or cold foods, porcelain inlays won’t pose a risk to your treated tooth, so you don’t have to worry about making changes to your current lifestyle.
Does insurance cover porcelain inlays?
Most insurance companies will cover a portion of the cost for your inlays. Our practice recommends that you call your provider to confirm your policy and get an accurate estimate of your coverage. You can also call our North Miami Beach at (305) 945-0909 if you have any questions about the procedure or to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.