Inlays and Partial Crowns
If a tooth is damaged by decay, all-ceramic inlays or, in the case of larger defects, onlays or partial crowns can replace the lost tooth substance.
The choice of tooth fillings depends on one hand on the size of the decay, but also on your preferences. We will decide together which option is the right one for you after a thorough discussion of the pros and cons. We will also inform you about any related costs in advance. You will have all the information you need before making a decision.
What are inlay and partial crowns/onlays?
When treating large cavities caused by tooth decay, you may be wondering about the options available to restore your tooth structure and so your smile. At our London dental clinic, our dentists offer inlays and partial crowns when tooth fillings no longer present the best remedy to replace the lost tooth substance.
All-ceramic inlays and partial crowns (sometimes called ‘onlays’) can be made from materials including dental porcelain. Inlays are a suitable option for treating large cavities, but much larger cavities such as those occurring after an accident (and so can present as a dental emergency) or a large decay are more suited to the application of a partial crown to ensure the restoration of an intact and stable biting surface surrounding the affected tooth.
Who is suitable for an inlay or partial crowns?
Dental patients presenting with larger cavities may be suitable for inlays or partial crown treatment. After your initial consultation with your dentist, they will be able to assess whether your require an inlay or partial crown. If the cavity is relatively small, then your dentist may suggest a simpler but equally effective course of action such as a tooth filling.
|What does dental inlay cost?|
|Single onlay (partial crown)||£1,600|
|Multiple onlays (partial crowns)||£1,200|
What happens during inlay and partial crowns treatment?
- Your dentist offers you an initial consultation where you agree your course of treatment. Importantly, your dentist will advise you what has likely caused the initial decay that has led to the cavity and consequently require treatment.
- After administering a local anaesthetic the tooth is ground down to a specific shape mostly only removing the enamel and dentin that needs to be removed. This approach is called minimal invasive dentistry.
- The impression of the tooth is taken with as state-of-the-art digital 3-D scanner.
- You are provided with temporary fittings while our dental laboratory prepares the inlays or partial crowns when they can be cemented in place after seven to ten days.
- To prepare for an inlay or for a partial crown, your new teeth are digitally designed using our state-of-the-art CAD (computer-aided design) and CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) technology so that we can manufacture an inlay or partial crown that fits precisely to your tooth.
- When bonding ceramic inlays, a protective dental dam (rubber dam) is applied around the tooth to act as a saliva barrier. This helps protect against other bacteria from infecting or harming the bond whilst the tooth is exposed.
- When bonding ceramic onlays or partial crowns they are also bonded to the tooth in much the same way as inlays using extremely strong adhesive cement and again, a protective dental dam is applied during this process.
- Post-treatment, one of our dental specialists will provide you with all the aftercare information and advice you may need to care for your inlays or partial crowns. We might recommend a visit to the hygienist at a later stage so that they can provide further guidance about maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine to protect against further decay and damage to your inlay or onlay.
A patient with a gap in the position of the first molar and a tooth with a decay underneath a large composite filling (brown spot) behind the gap.
The gap was treated with an implant supported crown and the tooth behind received a partial crown which is barely visible.
Why is Wimpole Street Dental Clinic best for inlays and partial crowns in London?
It’s only natural that our patients want to protect their oral health but do so without having to compromise on their appearance. Our team are understanding, knowledgeable and reliable for delivering the very best results in London. Our experienced dental team are the perfect choice for any patient considering inlays or partial crowns because:
- We have invested in state-of-the-art dental technology that allows us to undertake the most innovative and reliable dental practices worldwide. Digital computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology allow us to deliver the very best in patient care and patient results.
- Prosthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the design, manufacture, and fitting of artificial replacements for teeth. Whether it’s inlays, veneers, crowns, bridges or implant-supported restorations, we offer you the whole spectrum of prosthetic treatment with high-quality dental restorations from our laboratory in Germany led by master dental technicians.
- Our prosthodontist team have many years of experience in complex oral rehabilitation and can help answer any questions you may have about the treatment, aftercare and how inlays and partial crowns work.
- Our newly refurbished dental clinic is in the heart of central London on prestigious Wimpole Street. Our clinic ensures a calming and stress-free ambiance that helps even the most nervous patients feel at home.
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