Before treating a damaged tooth, your dentist will perform a careful examination. The type of restoration your dentist chooses to place next will depend on the extent of the damage.
Minor decay may require a filling, while teeth with more extensive damage require a crown.
Teeth that fall somewhere in between can usually benefit from an inlay. These restorations are often used to replace old fillings that have failed.
Your dentist will tell you what type of restoration you need and can help you choose the material.
We can fabricate inlays and onlays from metals such as silver or gold, or from tooth-colored materials such as ceramic.
Most patients choose tooth-colored materials because they give the restored tooth a natural, uniform appearance.
How dental inlays are placed:
Dental inlays are performed in one or two sessions. Here are the steps involved:
- Local anesthesia is provided
- The dentist cleans the affected area in case of caries and prepares the cavity in the tooth
- The tooth is scanned or measured with silicone and sent to the laboratory for the prosthetist to make the inlay needed to restore the shape with the chosen material
- Finally, the material is molded and placed on the surface of the damaged tooth, so that it fits perfectly into the gap.
- In the case of the onlay method, the dentist places a temporary inlay until the final piece arrives.
How much does a dental inlay cost?
To know the price of a dental inlay, it is necessary for the dentist to carry out a prior evaluation.
The budget depends on the material chosen to elaborate the inlay and the affected area.
Each option has its advantages and disadvantages that your dentist will explain to you so that you can make the most appropriate decision for your case and budget.