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We use CustomerSure to check that our customers are happy - every time.Got broken or otherwise damaged teeth, or mild to moderate tooth decay? Porcelain inlays are used where the amount of tooth structure lost, whether from wear, decay or trauma, is too great for a filling to work, but where a crown is not required.

Here at Portmore Dental, we’ve been helping our patients restore their smiles with porcelain inlays for many years, so you can trust that you’re in the best hands.

To find out more about porcelain inlays, or to book a consultation with our experts, talk to our friendly reception team today!

Porcelain inlay procedure

An inlay is made from porcelain, a beautiful material that’s indistinguishable from natural teeth and causes no reaction in the surrounding gum, designed to repair the central part of a back tooth.

The inlay is designed in a dental laboratory, based on a model we create from impressions of your mouth at our Weybridge dental practice, and fits snugly into the cavity of your damaged tooth.

It is then bonded into place, creating a strong, hard-wearing restoration that enables you to chew without fear of the tooth cracking or chipping.

Our high-quality porcelain inlays will blend in beautifully with your natural tooth colour, creating a virtually invisible restoration.

When fitting an inlay, your dentist will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth before a drill, air abrasion instrument or laser is used to remove the decayed area — the choice of instrument depends on the location and extent of the decay.

Once the decay has been removed, your dentist will prepare the space for the inlay by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris and if the decay is near the root they may insert a liner to protect the nerve.

Who is suitable for porcelain inlays?

No matter how well you look after your teeth, damage is sometimes inevitable.

We may recommend porcelain inlays and onlays to patients who:

  • Wish to replace old fillings
  • Have a broken, cracked or decayed tooth structure that does not affect the cusps of the tooth
  • Have damage severe enough to need large composite resin or silver fillings that could weaken the remaining tooth structure
  • Are not suitable for a dental crown, as the severity of the damage does not allow for the removal of enough tooth material

Benefits of porcelain inlays

  • They are indistinguishable from your natural teeth
  • They strengthen damaged back teeth and are hard wearing
  • They require less removal of tooth tissue than crowns
  • They are a good alternative to fillings where too much tooth structure is lost

Find out more about porcelain inlays at Portmore Dental!

To find out more about porcelain inlays and whether they’re the right fit for you, book a consultation at our Weybridge dental practice today.

You can call our reception team at 01932 953 252, or head over to our online booking system to view our availability and select a date and time that best suits your schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

Porcelain Inlays FAQs

Both porcelain inlays and dental fillings – be they composite or amalgam fillings – fill the space left behind when tooth decay is removed, and it’s how the space is filled that differs. Whereas dental fillings can be prepared and placed in one appointment, a dental inlay will be applied over two. Porcelain inlays need to be custom-crafted to fit your tooth, so during your first appointment, your dentist will clean out your cavity and take an impression of your tooth to send off to the lab. You’ll be invited back to the practice at a later date – usually a week or two after your first appointment – for your inlay to be fitted and cemented in place.
Porcelain inlays are, generally, the longest-lasting solution for restoring your teeth from damage or decay. They typically last between 10-15 years, but by maintaining a great at-home oral hygiene routine, they could last for 20 years or more! You look after porcelain inlays the way you would your natural teeth, brushing and flossing daily and keeping up with your routine dental appointments to ensure your teeth, gums and the rest of your mouth are in the best condition.
Absolutely! Porcelain inlays are one of the best tooth restoration options available and, being made from non-toxic, bio-compatible and durable materials, you can rest assured that they’re also one of the safest options. Silver amalgam alternatives contain mercury, nickel and other minerals, which can trigger allergic reactions in some patients. But of course, this won’t be a problem with porcelain. If you’re concerned about getting porcelain inlays, and unsure whether they’re the right option for you, book a consultation with our friendly dentists here at Portmore.
From natural wear and tear and improper dental care to poor installation and inadequate oral hygiene, many things can impact the integrity of porcelain inlays. Based on the severity of the damage to your inlay, your dentist may be able to repair it, but in extreme cases, it will need to be replaced entirely. This is why attending regular dental checkups is so important, as your dentist will be able to monitor the condition of your inlays and prevent any damage from occurring in the first place. To find out more about porcelain inlays, or to book an appointment with our team, give us a call today on 01932 855 011!

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