When a Dental Inlay is Required
We may recommend an inlay as a treatment to replace part of your tooth structure that has been lost from decay. Our dentists suggest inlays as a solution to repair moderately damaged or decayed teeth that are beyond fixing with a filling but not so far gone as to require a crown.
Dental inlays may also be referred to as indirect fillings or partial crowns since this treatment is the happy middle between the two other treatments. We suggest dental inlays when we can save the healthy portion of an injured tooth.
Oral Health Issues That Can Be Fixed By Dental Inlays
Come and see us when you are aware of a broken tooth or you have pain in your mouth that does not go away—these types of issues may also be considered a dental emergency, in which case, call us right away.
Broken teeth or toothache may be fixed by one of our dentists placing a dental inlay. The types of teeth that benefit from inlays include:
- Cracked or chipped teeth that are not severe enough for a crown
- Tooth decay that cannot be fixed by a filling
Dental Inlay Treatment in Berkhamsted
After we inform our patients about their dental issues and why a dental inlay is the best way to treat them, we address their questions and concerns before booking an appointment through our UK dental practice. We make sure you are confident in your treatment before moving forward.
In your consultation, our dentist will explain how dental inlays bond to the teeth, which can improve the strength and stability of your teeth, allowing you to resume normal chewing without pain or aggravation.
How we Place Dental Inlays
First, we make sure you are comfortable and relaxed before we start. Your experience is of the utmost importance to us. We apply topical numbing anesthetic on your gums before we inject a local anesthetic that freezes the area where we place the inlay. Our dental team uses a drill to remove the decayed or damaged parts of the tooth and files down some areas where the inlay is applied.
From here, we create an impression of the area and use this mold to create a custom inlay unique to you, so it fits perfectly. We put a temporary dental inlay on your tooth for protection, which is good for short-term use until your permanent inlay is ready.
On your next visit, our dentists remove the temporary inlay and replace it with the permanent one, securing it with permanent cement. Once we place the inlay, we smooth it out, polish it, and check your bite to ensure it is secure and comfortable for you.
The numbness from the anesthetic may last a few hours after the procedure is over, this is normal. The drilling, filing, and placement of the inlay may also give you gum tenderness or tooth sensitivity for up to a couple of weeks after the treatment. Let us know if your symptoms worsen or go on longer than anticipated so we can bring you back in and take a look.
Materials we use:
At Admiral House Dental Practice, we create dental inlays out of metal, porcelain, or dental composite resins.
- Metal inlays are strong and durable. They are typically made out of gold.
- Porcelain inlays match the colour of your teeth.
- Composite resins use a powdered glass-like material and acrylics to match the tooth’s colour.