Porcelain Inlays

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.

Reasons for inlay restorations:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.

What does getting an inlay involve?

Our inlay procedure usually requires only one appointment.  We use the cutting edge Cerec© technology to fabricate inlays in the office while you wait.

While the tooth is numb, Dr. Burns will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the inlay.  Once these details are accomplished, she will use the machine to make a 3-D model on a computer and use a milling machine to fabricate your new inlay.

After the milling process is complete,  your new inlay will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. The inlay is then bonded to your tooth. One of the wonderful aspects of this treatment is that you are able to eat normally as soon as your anesthesia wears off.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new inlay.


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