An inlay is a solid restoration which can be used to fill a cavity. It is a suitable alternative when it is no longer possible to fit a standard filling because of significant decay or damage in the tooth.
Inlays are most commonly used on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where they help to restore strength and function.
Once fitted a porcelain inlay will blend in beautifully as if it was always there. It will be placed directly onto the surface of the tooth - fitting within the confines of your other teeth so that it feels comfortable and natural.
Although more expensive, inlays are more hard-wearing than standard fillings. They can withstand larger forces and because they are very precise in their manufacture they fit the tooth perfectly making them easier to clean and helping to protect the tooth and gums from decay.
Inlays can actually help to increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75%, making them a successful, cost-effective and long-term solution. Often an inlay doesn't just help to prolong the life of a decayed tooth - it can prevent the need for further treatment in the future.
Gold inlays have been used for many years and have proved very reliable and hard-wearing. Newer types of porcelain inlays now offer patients the option of a more natural finish whilst retaining the strength and durability of gold.
When properly maintained and looked after correctly a porcelain inlay can last for over 20 years.
Porcelain inlays can be made in one visit with out CAD-CAM Cerec inlay equipment.