Dr. Mirani, Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, recommends using dental inlays to restore a damaged tooth’s biting surface when a traditional dental filling or crown does not properly match the tooth’s decayed, fractured or cracked surface area. Inlays are bigger than traditional fillings and smaller than dental crowns so they are perfect for those unique in between areas when a regular filling is not enough to do the job and a crown is considered overkill.
What are Dental Inlays and how do they work?
Dental Inlays are conservative dental restorations that try to preserves as much of the healthy tooth as possible. Inlays are used to repair rear teeth that have a mild to moderate amount of decay or damage lying within their indented top surfaces. They can also be used to restore teeth that are cracked or fractured if the damage is not severe enough to require a dental crown.
Dental Inlays are also highly customizable, allowing dentists to securely bond them to the tooth surface, adding structural integrity and preventing bacteria from entering and forming cavities. They can also be used to replace old or damaged metal fillings. Inlays are usually made from porcelain, composite resin, and sometimes even from gold. Because they can be created from tooth-colored materials, inlays are often used to replace metal fillings for patients who desire a more natural looking smile.
What will the Inlay procedure with Dr. Mirani be like?
Inlay placement is usually carried out over two appointments. During your first visit with Dr. Mirani an impression of your tooth will be taken, and a temporary inlay will be placed over the tooth. Dr. Mirani will then send the impression off to a dental lab, which will create the inlay to match your tooth's specifications.
When you return to Dr. Mirani’s Beverly Hills office, the temporary inlay will be removed and the permanent one will be placed carefully over your tooth. The inlay will be tested for fit and then permanently bonded to the tooth. There is no downtime after receiving a dental inlay, only a mild level of tenderness in the treated area, so you can return to work or other activities as soon as you leave the office.
How do I know if a Dental Inlay is right for me?
Dr. Mirani helps dental patients throughout Beverly Hills achieve optimal oral health through regular cosmetic dentistry, restorations, checkups and cleanings. Call Dr. Mirani’s office today at (310) 858-5933 or email us to schedule your appointment and learn more about dental inlays, general examinations and cleanings.