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Dental Inlays and Onlays

What are inlays?

Inlays are a type of premoulded protective layer used to treat damaged teeth when the tooth cusp remains intact. An impression of your tooth is taken to produce the inlay, which is subsequently placed over the surface of the tooth to restore the tooth and help prevent further decay.

Blackheath Dental practice offer professional dental inlays to NHS and private patients across the Black Country, appointments can be booked over the phone.

How do inlays work?

Following a dental consultation it may be recommended that you have an inlay fitted. This will typically take place over two dental appointments.

The damaged tooth will be cleaned and any bacteria or decayed material removed. An impression of the tooth will be taken and a temporary filling implanted until the main inlay is fitted. Anaesthetic will be used during the treatment procedure.

The inlay is designed to fit precisely into the tooth cavity and bonded into place to strengthen the entire tooth and prevent it from further damage. The final treatment will include a thorough clean and polish.

NHS Dental Costs

Band 3 treatment - £269.30

Dental repair work such as fitting dentures, crowns or bridges is covered by Band 3 NHS dental treatment, as well as any treatment that would fall under Band 1 or 2.

How long will inlays last?

Inlays are robust and constructed from composite resin, porcelain or gold. Because of this, inlays can last for as long as 15 to 20 years making them a great choice for repairing damaged teeth, restoring natural appearance and strength, and prolonging their lifespan.

The colour of an inlay can be matched precisely to that of the natural tooth colour enabling them to become nearly invisible.

A good home oral healthcare regime and regular dental appointments will help to keep your mouth, gums and teeth healthier for many years to come.

What is the difference between crowns, inlays and onlays?

A dental crown will cover the entire tooth, as opposed to the surface, and is recommended if a tooth has suffered severe trauma or much of its original structure has been lost or needs to be removed.

Inlays are a moderate dental treatment, ideal when most of the original tooth is still healthy and the cusp present.

An onlay is similar to an inlay and is recommended when a larger area of the tooth, or multiple teeth, need restoration. Onlays are also preferred if the tooth cusp is affected.

Our professional team at Blackheath Dental practice are experts in dental inlays and outlays and you will be made to feel very welcome at our clinic while you have your smile restored.