Cosmetic Dentistry Benefits of Dental Inlays
Date: July 30, 2012 Richard Jones

The front part of the teeth – the portion that gets the most attention – is not the only teeth part that can benefit from cosmetic dentistry treatments. Damage done to the indented biting surfaces of the teeth on the back part of the mouth can be treated effectively with the help of dental inlays, improving both the form and the function of the tooth’s biting surfaces – and making the overall appearance of the smile more improved once again.

What are Dental Inlays?

Dental inlays are used by dentists to repair the damage between the tooth’s cusps, which are found on the tooth’s biting surface. Inlays are considered as indirect teeth restorations, and require less parts of the tooth to be removed as part of the preparation (compared to a dental crown treatment).

Benefits of Dental inlays

  • Dental inlays are made from a material that very closely resembles the appearance of natural teeth. The damage to the tooth (or teeth) can be repaired in a discreet manner, without the dental inlay being visible to others – even when the mouth is opened wide.
  • The treatment procedure for dental inlays does not require too much of the healthy tooth structure to be removed as part of the preparation, which makes it possible for the healthy tooth structure to be preserved.
  • Dental inlays do not react to changes in temperature that the teeth will be subjected to – unlike metal fillings, which have a tendency to contract or expand in response to temperature changes. The expansion and contraction that metal fillings tend to do can make the teeth weaker in the long run, and can even cause tooth fractures to develop. With proper dental hygiene practices and regular dental checkups, dental inlays can last for decades.

Do you have dental inlays? Are you interested in knowing more about what dental inlays can do for you? Please LEAVE A REPLY below, and share your experiences and comments with us!

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