Porcelain inlays are indirect fillings made of porcelain that fit into or onto the affected tooth. Its purpose is to make the tooth stronger by holding it together while retaining a natural esthetically pleasing color. They are used in instances when there is deficient tooth structure to support a filling but the tooth is still in a condition that does not require a crown.
In the first visit the decay of an old filling or cavity is removed and an impression is taken by the dentist surgeon. This impression is used by a dental laboratory to create the indirect filling and records the shape of the damaged tooth and the surrounding teeth. While the inlay is being made the patient is given a temporary filling to protect the damaged tooth. During the second visit this temporary filling is removed and the indirect filling is fitted. If it is an acceptable fit it is permanently cemented into place.
There is no downtime after receiving a dental inlay. Patient will only experience a mild level of tenderness in the treated area; therefore, can return to work or other activities as soon as leave the dentist's office.
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