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Dental Inlays

Precision Dental Care for a Flawless Smile

At CRE8 Smile Studio, we understand that the integrity of your entire tooth is crucial for a healthy, long-lasting smile. Dental inlays are a conservative restoration method that can significantly improve the strength and appearance of your teeth.

What Are Dental Inlays?

Dental inlays are custom-made fillings, typically made from porcelain, composite resin, or sometimes gold. They are used to repair teeth that have mild to moderate decay or damage that is not extensive enough to require a crown. Inlays are crafted in a dental lab and are molded to fit perfectly into the grooves of a tooth, without extending over the cusps.

The Benefits of Dental Inlays

  • Durability: Dental inlays are durable and are made to withstand the forces of biting and chewing for many years.
  • Aesthetics: Porcelain and composite inlays can be matched to the color of your natural teeth, providing a more natural look than metal fillings.
  • Fit: Inlays are custom-fitted to your teeth, which can mean a better seal and a more comfortable fit than standard fillings.
  • Tooth Structure: Inlays require less removal of the tooth structure than traditional fillings, preserving more of your natural tooth.

The Procedure

  1. Tooth Preparation: We carefully prepare the tooth by removing the decayed or damaged areas.
  2. Impression: An impression of your tooth is taken and sent to a dental lab where your inlay is precisely crafted.
  3. Temporary Seal: A temporary filling is placed until the inlay is ready.
  4. Fitting: Once your inlay is created, we will ensure a perfect fit and then bond it securely to your tooth.

Caring for Your Dental Inlays

Like any dental restoration, inlays require good oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental check-ups, will help ensure the longevity of your inlay.

Are Dental Inlays Right for Me?

If you have a tooth that is too damaged for a filling but not damaged enough for a crown, an inlay may be the ideal solution. Inlays are suitable for those looking for a long-term, aesthetic solution to tooth decay or damage.

Schedule Your Appointment

For precision dental care that enhances and preserves your smile, consider dental inlays at CRE8 Smile Studio. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how dental inlays can benefit you.

An inlay is a pre-molded restoration piece fitted into the grooves of a tooth and does not extend over the cusps. In contrast, a filling is a material that is directly applied in its soft form to the tooth and shaped to restore its form and function.

Inlays fit within the biting surface of a tooth, while onlays extend over one or more cusps of the tooth. Crowns cover the entire visible portion of a tooth. The choice between these restorations depends on how much of the tooth’s structure is compromised.

Dental inlays are durable and can last for decades with proper care. Their longevity may be influenced by the material used, the location of the inlay, and your oral hygiene habits.

Inlays are less noticeable than traditional fillings, especially when made from tooth-colored materials like porcelain or composite resin. They are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural tooth.

Patients are numbed in the area of the tooth receiving the inlay, so there should be minimal discomfort during the procedure. Some sensitivity or soreness may be experienced after the anesthesia wears off, but this usually subsides quickly.

Care for a dental inlay in the same way as you would your natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist are essential. Avoid chewing extremely hard foods directly on the inlay to prevent damage.

Dental inlays can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, composite resin, and gold. The best material for your inlay will depend on your specific needs, aesthetic preferences, and the location of the tooth.

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