Depending on the extent to which you need to have your teeth restored, a dental filling might not be enough. Instead, you may need to receive a dental inlay. The inlay is designed to restore the chewing surface, with the primary goal of restoring the functionality of your teeth. This approach allows for the preservation of as much of the tooth as possible. When choosing inlays, your dentist will likely discuss several materials you can choose from.
Indirect Composite Inlay
Indirect composite inlay is similar to direct composite fillings. However, it is larger and covers a larger portion of the tooth. Unlike fillings, which do not have to be created in a laboratory, the composite inlay is created in a laboratory. It is completed in two visits. It is considered an ideal choice for those who tend to grind their teeth.
Gold was once a common material used for inlays, but rising prices have lead to this material becoming too expensive. While expensive, if gold is used correctly, it is considered the ultimate material for restoration. It will often last for as long as 30 years. The gold can be applied in thin sections, which reduces the amount of tooth preparation that is necessary. One of the advantages of gold over composite is that it does not shrink.
Gold is a bio-compatible material. It is not rejected by the human body. Your body will not suffer an allergic reaction. Your tooth is also less likely to become infected because bacteria has a more difficult time settling on the surface. Therefore, it is one of the most likely materials to succeed, making the cost worth it.
Another material that does not shrink is prefabricated porcelain. As a result, it is guaranteed that it will have a precise fit. With a large and open cavity, the porcelain is ideal because it can be bonded to the tooth easily with a very strong glue. The porcelain you select may also be determined by its color and how it matches with the tooth.
When you enter the dentist office with the materials you prefer in mind, it will be easier to make a decision. However, the decision will also be partially influenced by the state of your tooth and the capabilities of your dentist, so be flexible. For more information, contact an experienced dentist in your area, like Dr. David K. Skeels.