An inlay an indirect filling, usually made of porcelain or composite resin, which is fitted to a cavity in a damaged or decayed tooth. Inlays lie within the cusps or bumps of the chewing surfaces of your tooth. It is used when a direct filling will not offer enough protection to the tooth over the long term.
What are Inlays made from?
There are four main types of materials used to create dental inlays - porcelain, composite resin, gold and zirconia. Porcelain is the most common in the UK as it's both durable and aesthetically pleasing. Gold is also very hard wearing but most people are deterred by it's colouring.
Composite resin, like porcelain, is both tooth coloured and durable but it's also believed to be more kind to the opposing teeth. Some patients find that porcelain inlays grind against their natural teeth when they close their mouth or chew.
And finally, Zirconia is also tooth coloured and perhaps even more durable. However, more research is needed into this relatively new use of the material before any firm conclusions can be made.
Costs and prices
The price of a Inlays in the UK is anything from £400 to £700 and upwards depending on the type of material used. Costs also vary dramatically from dentist to dentist.
For example an experienced cosmetic dentist in London will cost considerably more than a local dentist in Sheffield. Sometimes you pay more according to the dentist's expertise but often prices are higher simply as a result of the clinic's postcode.
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