Also known as indirect fillings, inlays can be used to restore areas of decay or damage that are too significant to be treated with a normal filling. They also can provide a less invasive and more affordable alternative to a crown.
Inlays are usually placed in the teeth at the back of the mouth and are fitted into the grooves of your tooth, encompassing the surface you chew on. Unlike a filling, they are created outside the mouth before being cemented in.
How are porcelain inlays different?
Porcelain creates a more hard-wearing inlay than other materials such as composite, and can provide a smoother and more natural appearance.
Porcelain inlays are a more aesthetic option, as they are tooth-coloured and less visible in your mouth. They are created and fitted in exactly the same way as standard inlays.
What does the treatment involve?
Initially, we will remove any old fillings and areas of decay and thoroughly clean your tooth. We will take impressions of your tooth, which are used to create the inlay and ensure it fits the area to be filled exactly.
We will fit a temporary restoration in your tooth, ensuring the prepared cavity remains protected while your inlay is being created.
When your inlay is ready, we check the fit and comfort before fixing it permanently in place with strong dental adhesive.
Inlays are very stable, providing highly effective protection for your tooth, and are able to withstand strong chewing.
With effective, careful cleaning and regular visits to your dentist for check ups, your inlay can last for many years without causing any problems.