An inlay dental restoration is a custom-made filling comprised of gold, composite material or tooth-colored porcelain. The latter are particularly popular because they easily blend in with your natural tooth. It can also be permanently cemented to your tooth by your dentist.
Inlays really come in handy when teeth which have fairly large and defective fillings as a result of decay or physical trauma need to be repaired. Porcelain inlays are a perfect alternative to composite and silver fillings. In addition, they are considered far more conservative than crowns because a significantly less portion of the tooth’s structure is removed when preparing it for inlays.
As is the case with nearly all restorative dental procedures, inlays are not necessarily permanent and some do require replacement. However, they are highly durable and last several years, empowering you with a beautiful and natural-looking smile.
To learn more about inlays, contact Dr. Hall’s dental office at (205) 991-7840 to book your appointment. Hall Cosmetic & Family Dentistry is conveniently located at 6930 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham, AL 35242.
Inlay dental restorations in Birmingham, AL are ideal under these circumstances:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
How the Procedure Works
An inlay dental procedure in Birmingham, AL usually requires two appointments. The first appointment includes taking multiple impressions or molds that are used to create your very own custom inlay as well as a temporary restoration. While your tooth is numb, Dr. Hall will remove any existing filling materials and decay if needed. The empty tooth pocket is then cleaned thoroughly and carefully prepared so that the surface is shaped properly in order to accommodate the inlay restoration. A temporary filling is applied to protect your tooth until the inlay is ready at the dental laboratory.
When you arrive at your second appointment, your inlay is carefully cemented into place with millimeter accuracy. Adjustments might be made so as to ensure a seamless fit and ensure that your bite feels natural.
Finally, you will receive post-procedure care instructions at the end of the treatment such as ideal oral hygiene practices, a balanced diet, regular dental visits so that you new inlay can easily live up to its estimated shelf life.
The cost of dental inlays in Birmingham, AL can vary between $550 and $950 depending on the number of surfaces. Porcelain inlays cost a little over $1000.
Contact Dr. Josh Hall’s dental office today at (205) 991-7840 to book your appointment. We’re located at 6930 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham, AL 35242. Get in touch with us now and get the quality dental care you deserve.