What is a dental inlay, and how is it different from a filling? If you’re someone with a cavity, expert dentists from Tooth Crusader’s clinic will recommend one of these treatments as a way to restore a healthy appearance back to your teeth. Both of these simple procedures involve drilling out the decaying portion of the tooth and then filling the cavity. However, the difference lies in the type of material that is used to fill the tooth cavity as well as how that material is attached to the teeth. Here’s a quick breakdown of dental inlay vs filling.
Dental Inlay vs Filling
- A composite of materials such as metals and tooth-colored plastic
- Filled into the cavity in layers until cavity is sealed
- Used for smaller cavities
- Budget-friendly option
- Covered by most insurance
- Ceramic or porcelain filling
- Molded to fit the cavity of the tooth
- Constructed as a single, solid piece and then bonded to the tooth
- Used for larger cavities that do not have damage to the cusp of the tooth
- Restores the original durability of the tooth
- Rarely covered by insurance
The great news is, both methods give you the option to seal your cavity with tooth-colored filling for a completely natural look. If this is your first filling or inlay, rest assured that this procedure is simple and takes an average of 20 minutes to complete. Depending on the severity of your cavity, it could take up to an hour to fill. Your dentist may recommend one of these methods over the other, but he also may leave it up to you to decide. These restoration procedures are commonly used for small to medium-sized cavities where the decaying portion is within the cusp of the tooth. Whether you are going in for a filling or an inlay, you can be certain that you will leave with restored teeth and a healthier-looking smile.