Porcelain Inlays in Buffalo, NY
Todd Shatkin DDS is an experienced Buffalo dentist providing affordable porcelain inlays throughout Western New York. Contact Aesthetic Associates Centre today to arrange your free cosmetic dentistry consultation and learn if porcelain inlays are right for you.
When you have mild to moderate decay in a tooth, your dentist will perform a filling in order to remove the decay and regain tooth stability.
While many dentists opt to use fillings made from composite or amalgam, porcelain inlays, known as indirect fillings, are another option that provides a well-fitting, stronger, and longer-lasting solution, that is both functional and esthetically pleasing. Porcelain inlays are used when the decay occurs within the center of the tooth.
What is a Porcelain Inlay?
When you have a traditional filling, the tooth is filled with a material right there during the procedure. This material is typically a composite or amalgam material. Porcelain inlays are different in that they are created indirectly in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to the tooth.
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The porcelain inlay is made to match the natural tooth color, so they blend in with the tooth and there is no visible sign of a filling. Porcelain inlays offer a superior fit and preserve more of the natural tooth than regular fillings. They are naturally stain-resistant, so they do not discolor over time and some composite material does.
When is a Porcelain Inlay Used?
Porcelain inlays are used in place of traditional fillings where there is only a small amount of decay, not involving the cusps of the teeth. If the cusps are involved, an only becomes the option. Inlays are recommended when a tooth experiences decay, a break, or a fracture that does not affect the cusp, the injury or decay is extensive and requires a large filling that could weaken the remaining tooth, or in cases where there is not enough tooth material to support a crown.
What to Expect When Getting Porcelain Inlays
In most cases, a porcelain inlay procedure will require at least two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist will address the damaged tooth. This involves removing decay and preparing the tooth for a filling. Once completed, the dentist will make an impression of the tooth and the area where the inlay will be placed. This impression is then sent to the lay that will make the porcelain inlay. At this point, the dentist will put in a temporary filling.
Once the dental laboratory makes the inlay and returns it to the dentist, you will go in for the second appointment. The temporary filling is removed and the inlay in bonded into place. The dentist will check the margins and your bite and polish the inlay to complete the procedure.
Benefits of Porcelain Inlays
While many people choose porcelain inlays because they match their natural color of their tooth (making it an ideal cosmetic choice), there are additional benefits over traditional fillings and crowns. Porcelain inlays do not require as much of the tooth be removed as other fillings or crowns do, leaving more original tooth structure remaining.
When it comes to fit, inlays are far superior in certain conditions. If you have minimal decay that extends into flossing areas, the unique and custom fit of an inlay ensures no loose edges that may get caught in the floss and pull out. Traditional composite fillings can shrink over time but, because inlays are custom made to fit a specific space, they will not change in size, ensuring a long-lasting and precise fit. In teeth with larger areas of decay, porcelain inlays can help to stabilize and save the tooth. In addition, because of their custom and precise fit, inlays provide a better choice for fillings between teeth. Inlays seal these areas better than composite fillings and reduce the risk of bacteria getting into the filling and causing more decay.
Caring for Porcelain Inlays
Because of their improved fit, porcelain inlays are very easy to care for. Regular brushing and flossing will help maintain healthy oral hygiene. Regular dental cleanings allow for the dental office to monitor inlays and catch any concerns before they become a problem. With good oral care, your inlays can last for years and years.
If you are in need of fillings and would like more information on porcelain inlays and how they may benefit you, give our office a call today and we can schedule an appointment.
If you would like to learn more about how porcelain inlays can help you achieve the smile of your dreams, contact Todd Shatkin DDS at the Aesthetic Associates Centre to arrange your free consultation. Let his 30+ years of experience in cosmetic dentistry work for you!
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