Dental inlays are a way to repair and strengthen a tooth that has a significant amount of damage or decay, including if it has fractured or cracked. We make all our inlays from porcelain, which is long lasting and does not stain. The colour can exactly match the tooth and those around it, so it will be virtually invisible in your mouth. An inlay is used to repair the chewing surface of the tooth, and is a great solution for a damaged or decayed tooth that needs a little more repair than a filling can offer, but does not require a full crown.
If you are considering a dental inlay, our dentists will take the time to carefully examine your mouth and teeth, and answer any questions you may have, to help you decide if this is the right treatment for you. If you decide to go ahead, you will usually need two appointments to get your inlay fitted. The first of these will allow your clinician to numb the area and remove any damage or decay. The tooth will then be cleaned and shaped so an impression can be taken and sent to the lab in order to make your bespoke dental inlay.
At your second appointment the tooth will again be carefully cleaned before the new inlay is securely fixed in place using a strong dental cement. Your dentist will carefully make sure it feels comfortable when you bite and close your mouth, so it will feel just like your natural tooth when you eat, drink and smile.
By using porcelain our patients can enjoy a fantastic, durable and long lasting solution to damaged or decayed teeth, however it is always important to maintain the best possible oral health to ensure the new inlay can last as long as possible. We would always recommend that you have regular hygiene therapy to help you understand the best way to look after your teeth at home, and so our dental hygienists can make sure the treated tooth and the rest of your mouth stays as healthy and clean as possible.