Do you have a damaged tooth? Your teeth can be harmed due to a variety of reasons: you may have a damaged tooth because of tooth decay, or you may have a chipped tooth due to a sports injury or accident. In some cases, a damaged tooth may be caused by a dental filling being damaged, or getting cracked with the passage of time or other factors. Dealing with a damaged tooth as soon as possible is essential to prevent even more problems, and you will have to get in touch with your dentist as soon as you are aware that your tooth needs to be repaired.
A dental inlay is used to repair damage or decay on a tooth’s biting surface. The inlays are mostly used on the top surface of the teeth which have dents or grooves. It is important that this treatment be done as soon as the damage is done, to prevent further damage to the affected tooth and to avoid the spread of infection/decay to other parts of the tooth (and the surrounding areas). Inlays require less of the healthy tooth structure to be removed prior to the treatment, compared to dental fillings.
When you go to the dentist to have your damaged tooth checked, your dentist will determine the need for dental inlays. The first step of the treatment involves the removal of all decayed or damaged parts of the tooth. Conventional steps included getting an impression of the tooth and taking the impression to a separate dental laboratory where the inlay is manufactured. Cutting edge technology now allows the inlay to be created chairside with CAD/CAM, making the entire treatment much shorter and more convenient to go through.