Effective restorations for decay and damage

Inlays are long-lasting restorative solutions, used to restore areas of decay or damage that are too large for a standard filling. They are cemented within the tooth cavity and typically used on the back teeth. Inlays are made from hard wearing materials, including composite, porcelain and even gold for a particularly durable restoration.

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What are the benefits of inlays?
  • Tailored to fit
  • More of the healthy tooth is preserved
  • Easier to keep clean
  • Protect and strengthen the tooth
  • More durable and stable than fillings
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What does the treatment for inlays involve?

Initially, we remove the decayed tooth structure and any old fillings and carefully clean and dry your tooth.

We take digital impressions of your tooth, which are used to create your custom made inlay. Where possible, we make use of our CEREC system to fabricate your inlay and complete treatment in a single visit, but in some cases we need to send the impressions to a dental laboratory for construction.

When your inlay is ready, we remove any temporary restorations and check your final inlay for fit and comfort in your mouth. We then fix it permanently in place using a strong dental adhesive.

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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I look after my inlay?

As your inlay is tailored to fit, it can be easier to keep clean than other restorations. Simply treat it as part of your natural tooth and keep up with an effective cleaning routine at home, including brushing and flossing twice a day.

How long does an inlay last?

When it is properly maintained, including with effective cleaning and regular check ups with the dentist, an inlay has the potential to last for many years without issue.

Can I choose the material for my inlay?

If you have a preference for the look of your inlay, or the material used to make it, please let us know. Many people are now opting for porcelain or composite for their inlays, as this is tooth coloured and virtually invisible in the mouth. However, we may advise that gold should be used for superior strength and durability, particularly in the back teeth.

How long after having an inlay can I eat?

We advise you refrain from chewing on the side of your mouth with your inlay for the first 24 hours after it is fitted, to give it time to settle. It will then be strong and durable, able to withstand chewing forces well.

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The Dental Practice Mariner Point,
81 Brighton Road
, Shoreham-by-Sea,
West Sussex, BN43 6DG

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