Your smile is often the first impression you give the world. If you are embarrassed to show your full smile because of broken or fractured teeth, large fillings, or teeth that are showing signs of decay, a Porcelain inlay may be the answer.
What is a porcelain inlay?
A porcelain inlay is a dental restoration or filling that is custom made for your tooth. Porcelain inlays are particularly popular because unlike dental composite or gold, they closely resemble your natural tooth. Inlays are a more cost-effective alternative to cosmetic dentistry treatments such as dental crowns, and less of the tooth needs to be removed.
What dental issues can a porcelain inlay be used for?
Porcelain inlay restorations can be used to repair a number of dental issues. They are often used as a more conservative alternative to dental crowns to fix teeth that are broken or fractured. A porcelain inlay may also be used in a filling becomes fractured, or if a cavity is especially large. Porcelain inlay restorations may also be used as a cosmetic treatment for your teeth.
Having a porcelain inlay placed usually requires two appointments. During your first appointment, your dentist will take several impressions, or molds of your tooth. These molds will be used to create your custom inlay.
First, your dentist will numb your tooth and the surrounding area with anesthetic. Next, they will carefully remove any decayed tooth matter and old filling materials. The empty space will then be cleaned thoroughly. The surface of the tooth will be carefully shaped and prepared to properly fit an inlay restoration. Because the inlay must be custom made in a dental laboratory, a temporary filling will be put into place in order to protect the tooth until your next appointment.
During your second appointment, your new inlay will be checked for proper fit. Any adjustments will be made to ensure that your bite is proper and comfortable. Once your inlay is properly adjusted, your dentist will carefully cement the porcelain inlay into place.
How long does a porcelain inlay last?
Like many dental restorations, porcelain inlays are very long-lasting, but not necessarily permanent. They can often last several years and are very durable, but maintaining proper oral hygiene procedures can help extend the life of your porcelain inlay restoration. You will also need to maintain a schedule of regular checkups with your dentist so that they can check to ensure your inlay remains undamaged and firmly in place.
If you have a broken tooth, cracked or damaged filling, or a tooth that has a large cavity and want to check and see if you are a good candidate for a porcelain inlay restoration, Kenneth Hill, DDS can help. Email or call us today at (702) 897-7267 to schedule a consultation appointment. Our professional and experienced staff can help restore your smile so that it is healthy and pain-free once again.