Often used as an alternative to regular dental fillings, inlays are a bespoke dental restoration method used to fill cavities and gaps in teeth.
What are inlays?
Inlays can be used as an alternative to regular dental fillings. They are a type of bespoke dental restoration treatment used to fill cavities and gaps within the inner fissure of the tooth. Inlays can be used over regular fillings when the teeth in question are particularly weak or have suffered from large areas of decay.
Inlays are carefully pre-moulded at our Synergy Dental labs, so they can replace parts of the teeth that may have been lost to decay or damage. They make for strong, stable substitutions for part of the tooth, being able to withstand being placed in areas in the front and back of the mouth.
What are the benefits?
Although inlays are similar to fillings, they provide a more accurate restoration of your teeth thanks to digital design technology used in the Synergy Dental lab. Not only does this improve the overall feel of the tooth, but it also helps prevent damage and further decay, providing a longer-lasting solution.
The bespoke nature of the procedure also provides a more natural look to that of regular fillings. Designed to fit your tooth perfectly, the inlay is extremely discreet and blends in with the colour and shape of surrounding teeth.
The treatment process
During a consultation with your dentist, the outer surface of the remaining tooth will be prepared before an impression of the tooth is taken. This will then be sent to the lab where a bespoke product will be constructed. While construction takes place, the dentist will fit a temporary solution to prevent further decay or damage. The finished product will then be fitted to the tooth once it has arrived at your local clinic.
What is the cost?
The cost per unit will depend on the material used for the patient. Synergy Dental provides four options for material, which are all listed below.
Porcelain – Ideal for those desiring a natural look, this material requires a little more preparation and can abrade opposing teeth, but it does provide cosmetic appeal
Gold – Gold alloys do not appear natural but do provide long-term stability and strength, even on bite surfaces at the back of the mouth
Composite – Composite inlays are constructed from resin and provide natural colouring and a lifespan similar to that of porcelain, without the abrasive qualities
Zirconia – This natural look ceramic provides cosmetic benefits while remaining extremely strong and long-lasting.