Inlay Filling Benefits from Primary Dental Care

Do you need an inlay filling? At Primary Dental Care in Garden Grove, California, your dentist will ably advise you if you require an inlay filling or a composite filling. There are times when a composite filling will work just fine, but there are other occasions when a patient requires the benefits of an inlay. These fillings can provide those with a serious cavity many benefits.

What is an Inlay Filling?

An inlay filling is used when the structural integrity of a tooth is in question due to the amount of decay it has experienced. In the case of extreme decay, where a composite filling won’t do the job, an inlay is recommended. When decay has caused structural problems for a tooth, a composite filling often won’t stay anchored in your tooth; plus it won’t offer the support the tooth requires to stay intact.

A porcelain inlay filling is extremely durable, plus ii has a natural look. The inlay also conforms to the shape and size of the cavity, giving the damaged tooth added strength and the ability to hold up under the pressure that’s generated when one is chewing.

The Process

The inlay filling process requires two visits. During the first appointment, the dentist will eliminate the decay from your tooth and will then take an impression of the damaged tooth. That impression, or mold, will be sent to a dental laboratory where they will create the inlay filling.

While the inlay is being made, it will be necessary to make sure that your tooth remains stable. Your dentist will fill the cavity with a temporary filling. This will keep food particles and liquids out of the area and will help stop any more decay from developing. During this time, you’ll need to be careful as chewing in the area of the temporary filling may cause it to loosen and fall out.

Approximately two weeks after your initial visit, you’ll return to the dentist where he will fit the inlay filling properly and stabilize it with either glue or bonding.

Saving Your Tooth

Many times an inlay filling can save a tooth that is badly damaged. This eliminates the need to replace it with a dental implant, which is a much longer and more complicated process. Also, it means that by retaining the tooth and repairing it with a rugged inlay filling, your bite will remain unchanged. One of the undesirable consequences of losing a tooth involves the gradual shifting of teeth, which can create various cosmetic and practical problems for the patient.

Discuss the Possibilties

When you contact Primary Dental Care in Garden Grove, California, with a dental problem we will gladly examine the area that’s troubling you and discuss your options. If it is at all possible, we would rather save a patient’s tooth than remove and/or replace it. A porcelain inlay filling often affords us this option. Contact Primary Dental Care at 714-537-5700 for an appointment or for more information on inlay fillings.