What are dental inlays?
If you’re familiar with dental inlays, then you’ve likely experienced a cavity filling (and possibly retreatment on a particular tooth). A dental inlay is a restoration that repairs one of these such problem areas. It’s typically larger than a traditional filling, yet still small enough to preserve the majority of the natural tooth. Inlays are often used when a cavity filling fails or falls out, or the damage is too extensive for a regular filling.
Our inlays are made out of durable and aesthetic porcelain ceramic. Inlays typically repair the rear teeth (bicuspids and molars) and fit into the center of the tooth’s chewing surface (within the cusps). However, every inlay is different in that it is custom-made for your individual tooth’s shape, as well as the exact specifications needed for the repair.
What if an inlay falls out?
Typically, a loose inlay means that additional damage or decay has occurred around the restoration. If you have an inlay that has fallen out, then it is obviously a sign of a problem. As well as the discomfort that may occur while eating and chewing, you may experience pain or increased sensitivity due to the exposed tooth. You should call us for an appointment immediately to evaluate your condition and determine the options for repair.
If you still have the undamaged inlay, you may attempt to replace it yourself. (You may use an over-the-counter dental adhesive, but this should only be considered a temporary fix. Make an appointment as soon as possible.) If you’re not able to position it yourself, then feel free to bring it with you to your appointment. However, we will most likely need to create a new inlay altogether.