A porcelain inlay is custom made by the dental laboratory using a solid tooth colored dental ceramic material that is then permanently cemented into your tooth as a restoration. Inlays are an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings.
Porcelain inlays tend to be more aesthetic, durable, and color stable than traditional silver and composite fillings. They also work well in teeth requiring a larger restoration but not to the point that an onlay or crown would be necessary.
Indications for porcelain inlays:
- Decay in teeth
- Fractures in teeth
- Aesthetic replacement of old fillings
- Large fillings
Porcelain inlays are but only one choice for restoring your teeth. All dental materials have certain advantages and disadvantages but no dental material is capable of lasting forever. As your dentist, I will always advise you on the best material choices for any given situation based upon your needs, dental research, and my experience. Of course excellent oral hygiene practices, good dietary habits, and regular dental visits to my practice will aid in the life of any restoration.