What Materials Are Used in a Dental Inlay?

What Materials Are Used in a Dental Inlay?

Dentists may recommend one type of dental inlay over another depending on the patient’s preference, the location of the tooth, and other factors. It is helpful to understand what the options are to determine why your dentist may have recommended a certain type for your dental inlay. 

Dental inlay material options

There are three types of dental inlay materials: porcelain, gold, and composite resin. Each type of dental inlay material offers unique benefits, and each patient should evaluate their own preferences and the pros and cons of each type to determine which is the most preferable solution. 

Porcelain (ceramic)

Many patients ask about porcelain dental inlays due to the aesthetic benefits they provide. Porcelain is used in dentistry to create tooth-colored restorations, and the material is almost indistinguishable from natural teeth enamel when applied properly. Porcelain inlays are more durable than traditional dental fillings, but they are more vulnerable to damage than gold dental inlays. Patients who want a stain-resistant and cosmetically beneficial solution may prefer porcelain, but it comes at increased risk of damage and subsequently requires special care to avoid breakage and ensure its longevity. 


If you go back several decades, gold was the only option available to patients for dental inlays. This is because aside from the appearance and cost, gold is a superior choice due to its increased strength and durability. However, gold is noticeable, and many patients prefer a tooth-colored restoration. Due to it not having a tooth-colored appearance, many dentists only recommend gold for teeth that are less visible and in the back of the mouth (i.e., molars). While patients who want a solution that blends well with natural teeth may prefer porcelain, gold dental inlays are ideal for patients who want the strongest and most durable inlay solution. 

Composite resin

Composite resin is used less often than porcelain and gold dental inlays, but it may be an option with certain dentists. This is used as an alternative to a traditional dental filling due to its added strength and ability to fill larger cavities more effectively. The composite resin material also blends in well with natural teeth, although it is not as stain-resistant as porcelain dental inlays. It also does not have the same level of durability as gold dental inlays. 

How to choose the best material option for a dental inlay

The best way to determine which option is best for your specific treatment goals is to discuss all available material options and all restoration types with a licensed dentist and their staff. 

Discuss your material options with a licensed dentist

Are you considering restorative treatment for a damaged tooth? If so, then contact our dental practice today. We offer dental inlay treatment along with other restorative solutions such as dental crowns, dental onlays, fillings, and more. During your first visit, we can help you decide on the best course of action to restore the health, function, and appearance of your smile.

Request an appointment here: https://familydentistrypeoria.com or call Peoria Family Dentistry at 623-552-4665 for an appointment in our Peoria office.

Check out what others are saying about our services on Yelp: Dental Inlay in Peoria, AZ.


8253 W Thunderbird Road #101, Peoria, AZ 85381

Phone: (623) 552-4665

Office Hours

MON - TUE 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

WED 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

THU 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

FRI - SUN Closed

Get in Touch

Email: [email protected]

Call: (623) 552-4665