Porcelain Inlay in Jupiter, FL
Porcelain inlays are cosmetic alternatives to crowns and restores teeth that have been damaged by decay or other dental health problems. Smiles Dentistry in Jupiter, Florida, led by Sharada Kacham, DDS, offers porcelain inlays for patients in West Palm Beach and the surrounding communities in Palm Beach County.
What is a Porcelain Inlay?
Tooth decay and other oral health problems change the basic structure of your tooth. Dental crowns help with more advanced cases, but if you have mild damage to your tooth, a porcelain inlay may be the right solution. Porcelain inlays and porcelain outlays are also known as “indirect fillings” because they serve the same purpose as a dental filling and crown, but in more moderate cases.
Porcelain Inlay Benefits and Treatment Options
Tooth damage can be repaired with dental fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns. The procedures for dental fillings and crowns can weaken the tooth, though, because a portion of it must be removed. In contrast, porcelain inlays can restore tooth strength to 50% to 75% of what was available before damage occurred.
Why is a Porcelain Inlay Necessary?
Porcelain inlays provide our patients with alternatives to crowns and fillings, which may offer more disadvantages due to the nature of those procedures. Porcelain inlays are only recommended for patients with decay or damage in the cusp tips of a tooth.
What is the Procedure for a Porcelain Inlay?
Porcelain inlays are custom designed to fit your tooth. Dr. Kacham will make a mold of the tooth, and then send that mold to a lab that creates the inlay from porcelain. The coloring of the porcelain will match the natural color of your teeth, so people will not be able to see the inlay. When we receive the porcelain inlay from the lab, we will contact you to schedule a second appointment. During that treatment session, Dr. Kacham will remove the decayed area of the tooth and apply the porcelain inlay with a special adhesive.
Preparing for a Porcelain Inlay
Porcelain inlays require no special preparation. However, you may want to review your insurance coverage to ensure yours covers the cost of porcelain inlays.
Recovery from a Porcelain Inlay
After the porcelain inlay is placed on the tooth, proper oral hygiene ensures that you do not have any problems in the future. We will provide details about the best ways to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
How Much Does a Porcelain Inlay Cost in Jupiter?
Porcelain inlays are considered cosmetic, so your dental insurance may not cover the cost. After your consultation, we will review your insurance so that you understand your out-of-pocket costs. Any balance that is not covered by insurance can be paid by cash, personal check, or credit card. You can pay with CareCredit®, a convenient medical and dental financing option that offers affordable monthly payments.
Is a Porcelain Inlay Right for Me?
If you have tooth decay on the cusps of your tooth and want a cosmetic solution, a porcelain inlay may be right for you.
Repairing tooth decay on the cusps of your teeth does not always require a dental filling or crown. A porcelain inlay may be recommended by our dentist, Sharada Kacham, DDS. To learn more about the porcelain inlays we offer to patients in Palm Beach County, including Jupiter and West Palm Beach, contact us to schedule a personal consultation.