Inlay restorations are custom made by the dental laboratory using either traditional cast gold alloy or 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. Inlays tend to be more durable, aesthetic, 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. Unlike porcelain inlays, the cast gold inlay restoration is typically reserved for back teeth or areas of low aesthetic impact. However, properly done cast gold inlays under the right conditions can be one of the longest lasting restorations available.
Indications for inlay restorations:
- Decay in teeth
- Fractures in teeth
- Aesthetic or more durable replacement of old fillings
- Large fillings
Porcelain and gold inlays are but 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.