If you’re looking to improve the look of your smile using a more conservative approach than full crowns or veneers, inlays and overlays can help you correct the appearance of tooth decay or moderate cracks in your teeth. Dental inlays and overlays are created from a durable porcelain or composite resin to match the tone and texture of your existing teeth. A dental inlay is used only on the center of the tooth, while a dental overlay can extend over the cusps of the teeth.
Dental inlays and overlays are a simpler and more affordable alternative to other types of restorative procedures. The natural color used in custom inlays and overlays helps ensure that your dental work remains virtually invisible to the outside world. Unlike metal fillings, our dental inlays and overlays will never contract or expand based on temperature. Your dental inlays and overlays will last for up to 30 years, a better longevity than any other type of filling.
Dental Inlays and Overlays from Your Summerlin Dentist
During the inlay or overlay procedure, we’ll first remove any existing decay from the surface of your tooth. Once removed, we’ll take an impression of your affected tooth (or teeth) and send this to a dental lab. The lab will then create a permanent restoration inlay / overlay out of gold, porcelain or composite resin. While we wait for the permanent restoration, we’ll place temporary inlays and overlays on your tooth, which will keep it protected until the permanent restoration work is completed. Once we receive your custom inlay / overlay back at our office, we’ll replace your temporary inlay / overlay with the permanent restoration we received from the lab.
Dental inlays and overlays are an easy and convenient way to improve your smile without breaking the bank or opting for major restoration work. While your friends won’t see your actual restoration work, they’ll definitely notice your brighter, more confident smile.