Inlays are used when more facets of the tooth are affected. Basically, inlays are used to rebuilt the dental crowns so in the end the molars and premolars regain their function and aesthetics
They are made in the lab, to suit a particular tooth and patient and it will take at least two sessions for their mounting. In the first session the tooth is prepared and a dental impression is taken. In the second session, after the inlay was prepared in the laboratory, the dentist will cement the inlay with a special cement.
Inlays can be made of composite or ceramic, both of which can be natural teeth coloured or gold tooth. When choosing the type of inlay, the width and depth of the dental caries will be taken into account.
The composite is the material that replaced the amalgam and better satisfies the patients’ aesthetic demands.
Ceramic inlay is recommended when the damaged tooth surface is much smaller than the case of the composite inlay.