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What Are Dental Inlays and Who Needs Them?

As cosmetic dentists, we have many ways to renew your smile. There are bridges, veneers, teeth-whitening methods, and implants, just to name a few. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at a specific restoration method that is often overlooked: dental inlays. Inlays are sometimes lumped together with fillings, but they are different from what we typically think of as a filling. At Smile Boutique, we’re pleased to offer dental inlays in MA as an option to help you love your smile again.


Let’s take a closer look at what dental inlays are and who should visit their MA dentist for this restorative treatment.


What are dental inlays?

When your dentist finds tooth decay or other damage to your teeth, there is more than one type of filling or covering they can use to restore the tooth. The term “fillings” loosely covers more than one restoration option, not just the traditional filling that most people think of; there are also dental inlays and overlays.

A dental inlay is a pre-molded filling specially fitted into the grooves of your tooth. Dentists use inlays when a cavity is limited to the cent of the tooth, and the decay has not reached the outer edges. Receiving a dental inlay is straightforward and relatively painless, which is why it is an appealing restoration option. Just like with a regular filling, your dentist will apply local anesthetic and drill into your tooth to remove the decay. After cleaning out the tooth, your dentist will then take an impression of your tooth and send it to a lab to have the inlay made.


Who should receive dental inlays?

Not everyone who needs a filling is a candidate to receive dental inlays. Dental inlays are a good restorative option for minor tooth decay or small fractures. In the circumstances when a dentist can offer you a dental inlay, it is preferable to a traditional filling. Dental inlays are color-matched to your teeth, making them near-invisible, and they are more durable than fillings.


Dental Inlays MA | Smile Boutique

When you need restorative or cosmetic dentistry in MA, come to Smile Boutique! Our team of experienced dental professionals is here to restore your smile and boost your confidence, as well as your oral health. Contact us at 781-729-1444 to learn more about dental inlays in MA and all our treatment options.