Your teeth naturally contain calcium to keep them strong and fight cavities. Yet because the bacteria in our mouths are so pervasive, tooth decay can happen even with the strongest teeth and most diligent oral hygiene. In most cases, cavities can be filled with small composite or amalgam fillings, but this isn’t always the case. When decayed areas grow larger, an inlay provides a better solution.
In addition to larger areas of decay, dental inlays are also the best choice for damage to the biting surface of the teeth and when teeth break due to existing damage or new injuries. In some cases, the work required for a standard dental filling could damage the tooth even further, leading to its eventual loss. Your dentist will recommend inlays in these situations to protect and restore the remaining tooth structure.