What is a Zirconium Inlay?
An Indirect filling made of zirconium is a type of metal free inlay that fits into the teeth, just into the space left after an old filling, or when a cavity has been removed.
Inlays are indicated when there is a shortage of tooth structure to support a filling but a crown is not required. They are used to repair damaged teeth, providing strength, as well as natural and aesthetic appearance.
In general terms, inlays are a good option to make teeth stronger, but when it comes to zirconium inlays, durability is ranked the highest. In addition, zirconium provides more natural translucency, matching the shade to the existing teeth as closely as possible.
Why Zirconium Inlays?
Zirconium is a material that all patients can use, even patients with sensitivities or allergies to metal, because it is completely biocompatible. Restorations made from zirconium also minimize the chances of damage related to friction, due to it is non-abrasive.
Inlay works require 2-3 visits to the dentist. Before cutting the teeth with a dental drill to make room for placing the inlay, the dentist removes the decay of an old filling or cavity, takes a bite impression, and places a temporary filling, on the first visit.
Finally, on the second visit, the temporary filling is removed, and the dentist fits into the cavity of the tooth and cements into place the permanent indirect filling.