Dental Inlays Overview
Decayed, cavity-ridden teeth have met their match with dental inlays. While dental inlays are similar to fillings, they are longer-lasting and less prone to recurring decay, and they can have a more natural look. More specifically, they are designed to repair teeth where more than half of the tooth is missing or integrity is compromised. The highly skilled dentists at Washington Center for Dentistry will use a solid substance like porcelain or gold to fill in cavities and decayed teeth. Once the inlay is fitted into the tooth’s cavity, it is cemented in place and usually remains intact for 10 or more years. The inlays will be created in Washington Center’s In-House Dental Lab for quicker, more precise results. Typically, patients can get their inlay made and cemented during the same visit.
Dental Inlays Reviews
"I am new to the area and needed a dentist for a temporary repair that needed work. I Initially I was expecting to be told it would require a crown. But after taking an X-Ray and a couple of photos, Dr. Fordjour felt he could take care of it with a new filling. Saved me some money and a saved me from the hassle of getting a new crown. Process was smooth and efficient. "- A. / Demandforce / May 17, 2015
"I had a great experience at WCD. The staff is very friendly and polite. Dr. Fordjour took his time explaining what he thought needed to be done to alleviate some tooth pain I was having and chose the least invasive option first. He was able to reshape my bite by contouring the porcelain inlays I have. Hopefully, this avoids the need for a root canal.The office is very pretty, calm and relaxing."- P.S. / Demandforce / Feb 11, 2015
"So glad I found this practice - Dr. Fodjour and staff are wonderful, the work is excellent, and the office is comfortable and welcoming. I would (and do) highly recommend to anyone."- Google User / Google / Sep 23, 2017
"I felt very well cared for by Rachel, Dr. Fordjour, and his assistant (I didn't catch her name, but she was extremely helpful and compassionate)."- J.S. / Google / Sep 20, 2019
"Best dental center in D.C. Dr. Richard Fordjour is excellent, and I’m blessed & so thankful to have him as my dentist. Ms. Soon Young is the best hygienist I’ve ever had, and I’ve lived all over the world. If you’re in need of dental care, look no further than Washington Center for Dentistry."- C.J. / Google / Jan 28, 2020
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Types of Inlays
Inlays are available in two types: direct and indirect. Direct inlays are made and placed more quickly than indirect since indirect inlays require a mold to be made in the dental lab before it’s placed on the tooth. Due to advanced technology, both types are created and installed quicker than ever, where we can reduce the number of visits you have to make to our office. Confused about which type you might need? Don't worry since one of our knowledgeable dentists will determine the appropriate type of inlay to use based on how much of your tooth is left. Regardless of the inlay you receive, you can save a tooth that you may have thought was beyond repair.
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The highly-trained dental experts at the Washington Center for Dentistry provide professional oral care, including dental inlays, which have helped restore the mouths of countless patients. We look forward to welcoming you to our Washington D.C. dental practice and providing you with the procedures and expertise that will allow you to smile with confidence.
Inlay vs. Filling
Compared to traditional amalgam, or silver, fillings, inlays are more natural-looking, where they match the neighboring teeth better and blend in more seamlessly. After all, who has naturally silver teeth? While a filling is designed to simply fill an existing hole in the tooth, an inlay’s purpose is to protect the tooth’s chewing surface to prevent future, more extensive damage. Another advantage of inlays is that they are more durable than amalgam fillings. Live life. Eat what you like. That inlay is staying put!