Dental inlays are cast-in fillings made in a dental laboratory. Your dentist will clean and prepare the cavity, take the impression of the tooth and have it sent to the laboratory. The empty place will be temporarily filled with a special material to avoid further fractures or deterioration of the tooth. It is better not to chew on the tooth before your dentist cements the inlay, as it is quite fragile and high pressure can easily damage it.
Casting the inlay takes place at the laboratory. There are several available materials.
Porcelain or ceramic inlays imitate the color of your tooth. The aesthetic advantages of these materials are obvious, while their resistance to staining and pressure is superior.
The materials used with metal inlays are usually noble metals such as gold. These inlays are highly resistant and likely to last long.
Colored composite inlays are very good looking, just like porcelain inlays.
All three types of materials have to be cemented on the tooth using a special bonding substance. It is better to avoid eating on the tooth for 24 hours following the procedure.