Dental inlays are custom fit fillings cast at a dental laboratory. Your dentist will clean the cavity, take the impression of your tooth and send it to the laboratory. Before you go home, the empty place will be temporarily filled to avoid further deterioration until the next visit.
These pieces can be made from several types of materials: porcelain which has the advantage of imitating the color of your tooth, and being resistant to staining and pressure, and colored composite materials which are equally pleasing from an aesthetic point of view. Both types of materials have to be cemented on the tooth with a special bonding substance.
Porcelain and Composite Inlays Expectations
Sometimes, following the cementing of inlay pieces, a patient can be bothered by a certain discomfort caused by the anesthesia or by the tooth itself. In this case, the dentist can recommend an over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen. However, of pain persists for more than a couple of days, you should visit your dentist.
There are several causes that lead to the loosening of the dental inlays. However, it is a sign that you should visit your dentist.
Dental inlays can last longer if your dietary habits are healthy and your oral hygiene is correct. Flossing and brushing are always helpful.
Please feel free to ask your dentist any questions you might have.