Most people understand that tooth decay leads to the development of cavities. If these issues are left untreated, a cavity can result in infections and, in extreme cases, tooth loss. One of the main ways to take care of cavities is by using a composite resin or amalgam filling. While a filling does its job well in regard to stopping decay and helping to prevent future damage, there’s another option to consider -; Dental Inlays.

What are Dental Inlays?

A dental inlay is a type of lab created filling. Instead of putting a soft material -; such as composite resin or amalgam -; in the cavity and drying it, the dentist will make an impression of the tooth, as well as the cavity, which is then used for creating the filling.

Many inlays are created from porcelain or ceramic, which match the color of the teeth. They can also be made out of composite resin, but this is not very common. Even though these may seem similar to traditional fillings, there are situations where Dental Inlays are the better option.

Decay in the Cusp

An inlay is the right option when the decay is present within the cusps of a tooth. After the inlay is ready, it will be cemented in place. Porcelain and ceramic offer a seamless appearance and metal provides additional strength. However, keep in mind, metal won’t match the natural color of the teeth and is typically only used in the back portion of the mouth.

Small Areas of Damage

An inlay will work best if only a single cusp has been affected. If there is damage or decay that affects more than a single cusp, then an only would be the better option.

The Tooth Needs Straightening

An inlay is an option that is much more stable than a filling and that will last longer. They can also work to strengthen the tooth.

Don’t think that traditional fillings are the only option when a cavity appears. In many cases, inlays offer better results. More information about this dental treatment option is available by contacting the staff at Lewis Family Dentistry. You can also connect them on Facebook.