When it comes to tooth decay or damage, the different ways that you can repair your tooth are almost limitless. If the decay or damage to your tooth was relatively insignificant, then perhaps a simple filling may be sufficient. However, if the damage is very serious, a root canal and a full dental crown may be necessary. There are cases, however, that fall in between these two extremes.
Sometimes, the damage is too significant to be repaired by a simple filling but not significant enough to warrant a dental crown. An alternative restorative and protective treatment of dental crowns are inlays and onlays.
An inlay is a premolded filling that is fitted into the grooves of a tooth without extending over the cusps of the tooth.
What is the procedure for an inlay?
To place an inlay, the area being treated will first receive a local anesthetic. The tooth is drilled to remove the decay and be cleaned out. The dentist will take an impression and send it to a dental laboratory where the inlay (which is made of porcelain or composite resin material matching the color of the tooth) will be made. A temporary covering is fitted onto the tooth until the inlay is ready, at which point it will be placed onto the tooth. Inlays are practically invisible and repair the chewing surface effectively. They are generally more durable than regular composite or amalgam fillings.
Your dentist is likely to recommend a dental inlay in Ajax instead of a dental filling if:
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