Spanish Trail Dentistry proudly provides a comprehensive range of family, implant and cosmetic dentistry services to patients of all ages in the Pensacola area. Whether you need a family dentist in Pensacola FL or are interested in enhancing your smile with restorative dentistry, we encourage you to contact us as we can meet all your dental care needs.
Inlay restorations are used to conservatively repair teeth that have large, defective fillings or teeth which have been damaged by decay or trauma. An inlay restoration is custom-made for each patient using composite material, tooth-colored porcelain or gold. This type of restoration is fabricated in a dental laboratory using a dental impression of the prepared tooth, which is then cemented into the tooth by Dr. Strickland.
Inlays are an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings. A dental inlay is less intrusive than a crown as less of the tooth's structure is removed when preparing the tooth for an inlay. While dental inlays are very durable and can last many years, they may need to be replaced at some point, as is the case with most dental restorations. How long dental inlays last depend upon several factors including:
- The forces of chewing
- How well the teeth are maintained with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits
Reasons Inlay Restorations are Used
- To restore broken or fractured teeth
- To restore fractured filings
- For use as large fillings
How The Inlay Procedure is Done
Typically, getting an inlay requires two dental visits. During your first visit, we will take several impressions, which are used to create your custom inlay and a temporary restoration.
After numbing the tooth, Dr. Strickland will remove any decay and/or old filling materials. He will then clean and prepare the space while shaping the surface for a proper inlay restoration fit. A temporary filling will then be used to protect the tooth while your custom inlay is being prepared at a lab.
At your second appointment, Dr. Strickland will remove the temporary restoration and clean & dry the tooth. The new inlay will then be placed and cemented into place. Your inlay may need to be shaped slightly for a proper fit and good bite.
To help ensure that your new inlay will last for many years, we will give you some tips for taking care of your inlay which includes things like maintaining good oral hygiene and seeing your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
Contact Our Office
If you have any questions about inlay restorations, please don't hesitate to contact us as we're always available to speak with you! If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Strickland, please complete the Appointment Request form. Our scheduling coordinator will then contact you to confirm your appointment. We look forward to seeing you in our Pensacola dentist office soon!