There are different ways to repair teeth, an inlay is one way to repair or rebuild a tooth if it has had dental decay or has been broken. The material used for inlays is either precious metal, tooth-coloured composite or porcelain. The inlay is used to fill the defect where part of the tooth is missing or decayed and to restore the natural shape of the tooth. The difference between an inlay and a filling is that fillings are directly placed into the tooth on the same day whereas inlays are produced in a dental laboratory or using Computer-Aided-Design and Computer-Aided-Manufacture and cemented into the tooth.
The preparation of the teeth involves at least one appointment to prepare the tooth and to take a mould of your teeth. In between appointments a temporary crown or onlay is made to cover the teeth whilst the dental laboratory produce the crown or onlay. At the second appointment the crown or onlay are adhered to the teeth to give a long-lasting result.
Where your tooth is not strong enough to support an inlay, your dentist may recommend an alternative treatment such as a crown or an onlay. Alternatively, your tooth may be suitable for a metal or tooth-coloured directly placed filling.
The cost for an inlay depends on the number required, the material and method used to produce the inlay and the size of the inlay. For further information on the cost of inlays, please refer to our price list.