If you have a damaged tooth, options are aplenty.

Dental InlayFillings, crowns, dental onlays. It all depends on the severity of the damage. In the past, if the damage was not severe, fillings were the routine option of choice. Now, however, there is a better choice. Dr. Wells and our expert team of dental professionals want you to consider dental inlays for more minor damage to your teeth.

What Are Dental Inlays?

A dental inlay is a tooth restoration process that restores teeth that have mild or moderate damage beyond what a tooth filling can support. Dental inlays cover the chewing surface between the cusps, creating the natural look of the tooth.

Why Should I Consider Dental Inlays?

Dental inlays are a fine option for slightly damaged teeth. They provide better protection than fillings. This protection can prevent further restoration procedures such as dental onlays and crowns. Dental inlays should be considered if you want to maintain a natural looking smile while conserving the majority of your natural tooth.

Differences Between Inlays and Fillings

  • Dental inlays are more durable than fillings.
  • Inlays actively improve the strength of the tooth. Fillings can reduce the strength of the tooth, up to 50% reduction.
  • Inlays preserve the natural look of the tooth.
  • Inlays are not susceptible to hot or cold foods, which prevents the cracking of the tooth.

The Benefits of Dental Inlays

  • A dental inlay’s durability allows for decades of support.
  • Dental inlays strengthen the tooth, up to 75% more chewing force.
  • They prevent further dental issues, resulting in fewer restoration procedures in the future.
  • They are more cost effective than dental crowns.
  • They maintain the natural aesthetics of the original tooth.

The Process

The process for dental inlays begins with the removal of any decay and damage. Dental inlays are made generally made with Cerec but occasionally an impression will need to be taken. Your damaged tooth will receive a temporary restoration while you wait for your inlay to be created. Once the inlay is ready, it is cemented into place with a resin adhesive. Lastly, a polish is applied to produce a smooth finish to the newly enhanced tooth.

At South Charlotte Dentistry we like to stay up-to-the-minute on all of the latest and greatest dental trends. Recently, there has been some talk about the future of dental filling. These composite restorations could be moving to include a new type of material. Our current dental fillings work well but there is always room to improve.

South Charlotte Family & Cosmetic Dentistry wants you to be a knowledgeable consumer when it comes to the multiple options for damaged or decaying teeth. Dental inlays are one such option. As always, please continue to brush, floss, and visit us here at South Charlotte Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to maintain healthy and beautiful teeth.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]