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 alternative to a crown and may be more affordable.
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.
Why choose to have an inlay?
- Tailored to fit exactly to your tooth
- The treatment process preserves more of the healthy tooth than other options
- Can help to protect and strengthen your tooth
- More durable and stable than fillings
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 cleaning and regular visits to your dentist for check ups, your inlay can last for many years without causing any problems.