Porcelain inlays are a type of filling that are used to repair damage done to your tooth and restore the strength of your bite. Inlays differ from onlays in that they do not extend over the cusp of the tooth. They are durable and attractive, duplicating the color of your natural teeth. And because they are custom designed for each patient, a secure and comfortable fit is achieved.
Porcelain inlays may be chosen for several reasons. Your tooth may have sustained damage or decay that is not extensive enough for a crown. You may have previous fillings that need to be replaced or are unsightly. Or you may simply prefer the more attractive appearance of the porcelain, as it blends seamlessly with your natural teeth.
What makes porcelain superior?
Inlays can be crafted from a number of materials, including traditional metal. Porcelain can be color-matched to your natural teeth, allowing it to blend in. This can make the filling unseen and your smile more attractive. Porcelain is also resistant to chipping as well as staining, allowing you the freedom to eat and drink the things you love.
In addition, when properly cared for porcelain inlays can last for 20 years or longer. This makes them longer lasting than many other types of filling material. We suggest talking with our office to determine which material is best suited to your needs and desires.
What to know about your porcelain inlay procedure
Patients can typically expect two visits to our West Palm Beach office to receive their custom porcelain inlay. Your first visit will entail a thorough cleaning of the tooth and the removal of any decay or debris by Dr. Moorhouse. A mold of the tooth will be taken and you will receive a temporary filling. The mold will be used to fabricate your custom-made inlay, which usually takes about two weeks.
During your second visit, after the temporary filling is taken out, the new porcelain inlay will be installed in its place. Your bite will tested for strength and comfort by Dr. Moorhouse. There may be some slight discomfort for a short time after the procedure but this should not last long. Especially hot or cold foods or beverages may irritate your tooth during this time and is completely normal.
How to care for your porcelain inlay
Porcelain inlays are resistant to chipping and staining, however it is still important to keep up good oral hygiene and eating habits. Keeping consistent dental check-ups at our West Palm Beach office is also vital for the health and care of your new inlay. This will help extend their life and keep them strong and attractive.
The cost of porcelain inlays
Many factors determine the final cost of receiving porcelain inlays. The major factor is the extent of repair that needs to be done. Scheduling a consultation with our office is important to determining how much the procedure may cost.
If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a consultation or appointment, please feel free to call our West Palm Beach office.