Inlay Restorations

Gundersen Health System offers both inlay and onlay restorations.

Inlays can be used to repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been touched by decay or other disturbances. Inlays are perfect alternatives to the standard silver and composite fillings. They are also more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is detached preparing for inlays.

An inlay restoration is a custom made filling made of gold or porcelain materials. We'll work with a professional dental laboratory that will make the inlay and then it will be permanently cemented into the tooth during a visit to our office.

Inlays are not always permanent and as with most dental restorations, may someday require replacement. However, they are extremely resilient and will last many years.

Inlay restorations are used for:

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Enhancing appearance
  • Decayed teeth
  • Cracked, broken or fractured fillings

Two appointments are usually needed for an inlay procedure. During the first appointment, while the tooth is numb, the tooth is prepared by eliminating decay and shaping the tooth for the inlay. Impressions are then made of the tooth to send to the lab. They will custom make an inlay that blends in with the surrounding teeth in size, shape and sometimes color. A temporary material is placed in the tooth until your new inlay is done.

At your second appointment your new inlay will be placed. Adjustments are made to make the new inlay work well with the existing teeth in your mouth.

Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet and regular dental visits will help enhance the life of your new inlay.

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