Porcelain inlay for front tooth?
Can the dentist replace a white filling on a front tooth by a porcelain inlay for prolonged durability and esthetic reasons? Can an inlay be made for a central incisor and would it be successful and more durable than the composite filling? Thank you.
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Inlays are normally done on back teeth where chewing forces are much greater. Inlay preparation requires a "path of insertion" that due to the shape of front teeth and cosmetic requirements would be hard/impossible to achieve. If the area to be restored is small to medium a composite filling will look great and last for years, if it's large a porcelain crown would be the solution.
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