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Inlay restoration always start with the removal and cleaning of the decay in the tooth. An anesthetic is used to numb the area and the decay is drilled out. A tooth impression will be taken and the dentist will have the inlay made. Different materials such as porcelain, composite resin, and gold may be used for inlay restorations. If you want to have an almost invisible restoration, you can choose to have a composite resin material that can be matched to the color of your tooth. The most durable and most expensive option, however, are gold inlays.
Inlay restorations are for those who have decay within the indented top surface of the tooth. Inlays may also be used to replace damaged metal fillings. An inlay is also recommended for broken teeth that have unaffected cusps. An inlay restoration is also the better option if there is a bigger risk of weakening the structure if a dental filling is used to restore damaged teeth. Another reason is when the level of injury does not indicate extraction of enough tooth material in order to support a crown mounting. All in all, inlay restorations are stellar options for restoring a wonderful smile while preventing further tooth decay.