Often referred to as an indirect filling, a dental inlay is a restoration that is fabricated at a dental lab using impressions of the tooth. Inlays fit within the cusps of the biting surface of the teeth. They can be used to restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay or trauma. At 4Excellence in Dentistry, we provide tooth-colored inlays made of a strong ceramic material that is matched in color to your natural tooth.

Restore Damaged Teeth with Custom-Made Dental Inlays


Fillings are the most common treatment for cavities. However, for larger cavities, dental inlays may be a better solution. At our Long Island practice, we offer natural-looking inlays, made from durable and attractive materials. These restorations sit in between the sharp cusps of the molars. They can strengthen your damaged teeth and restore dental functionality, while preserving as much of your tooth structure as possible. Dr. Lewis Ricciuti and Dr. James Albanese offer custom-crafted restorations that will blend seamlessly with your smile. Contact 4Excellence in Dentistry to learn more about dental inlays and find out if they are the optimal way to repair your smile.

Conservative Restoration

Dental inlays are custom-crafted fabrications that restore the area between the cusps of your teeth. They can be made of several different materials, including metal. However, we typically recommend porcelain, a material that is quite similar in appearance to your natural teeth. Once in place, inlays will replace lost tooth structure, eliminate dental sensitivity, and protect the outer structure of the tooth. You may also choose to replace an old amalgam filling with a tooth-colored dental inlay.

Patients often confuse inlays with dental onlays. The two restorations are very similar. However, onlays are larger, and they extend over the sharp cusps and down the sides of the tooth.

Candidates for Dental Inlays

If you have a cavity, it is important to get it treated as soon as possible. Without proper care, the bacteria will continue to spread, and it could eventually destroy your entire tooth. If you already have a large cavity that is too big for a filling, you may be a good candidate for a dental inlay. A dental inlay is an excellent choice when a filling is no longer sufficient, yet it is still a more conservative option than a dental crown because an inlay can preserve more of your tooth structure.

Inlay Placement

To place an inlay, Dr. Ricciuti or Dr. Albanese will clean the decayed area, removing any bacteria or infected material. Then, the dentist will take impressions of the tooth. He will send these impressions to our dental lab, where technicians will create a restoration made to fit your precise measurements. Thanks to this careful fabrication, you will maintain proper bite alignment and a beautiful smile. While you wait for the inlay, a temporary restoration will be placed to protect the tooth. When the inlay is finished, you will return to the office. Your dentist will remove the temporary inlay and place the new restoration. After your second appointment, you will enjoy fully restored function and aesthetics.

Benefits of Dental Inlays

Though not as well known as fillings, dental inlays offer several important benefits. These restorations often fit more securely than fillings, helping to strengthen your dental structure and fully restore functionality. Additionally, because inlays are smaller, they preserve more of your tooth than a crown. Finally, your inlay will be custom-made to match the shape and color of your teeth. With an inlay, you will not only enjoy improved oral health, you will also enjoy a beautiful smile.

Learn More During an Appointment

To find out if an inlay is the best way to treat your damaged tooth, schedule an appointment at 4Excellence in Dentistry today.