Our team will always look to advise patients on the best steps to prevent any long-term damage to the teeth or mouth.
However, even the most diligent patients can experience damage from tooth decay. There are a number of treatment options available to prevent pain and restore the tooth back to its normal shape and function, one of which is a porcelain inlay.
An alternative option to fillings, porcelain inlays are stronger and can last longer, so are therefore particularly suitable for the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, and for sizeable repairs to front teeth. Your experienced dentist will take the time to discuss your treatment options in detail with you, based on your requirements and circumstances, and answer any questions you may have.
Although inlays can be made from a variety of materials, the team at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial Practice prefer to use porcelain inlays as we believe it is the most suitable solution both in terms of durability and to create a repair that is virtually undetectable.
If you and your dentist agree that a porcelain inlay is the most suitable course of treatment, your tooth will be prepared for treatment in the same way as it would be for a filling. After administering some pain relief, your dentist will remove any decayed material from the affected tooth, before completely cleaning out the area.
An impression is taken of the tooth using a dental putty, this will then be used by the dental technician to build an inlay that will exactly fit your tooth. A temporary filling is applied while the inlay is built, and you will return to see your dentist when it is ready for fitting. An inlay sits in the hole in the tooth, as opposed to an onlay that sits on the tooth, and thanks to the porcelain material, it will be indistinguishable from the rest of your tooth.