COVID-19 statement

During these unprecedented times we are unable to provide the normal care that patients are used to. Our practice will remain open during normal working hours to provide advice to patients and where necessary provide care in the form of prescriptions for analgesics and antibiotics. Practices are working together and face to face consultations and treatment, if necessary, will be provided for clinically urgent problems at one of these practices after telephone consultation with a dentist.

If you are calling outside of normal hours and have an urgent dental problem, please consider if this could wait until the following day or over the weekend rather than accessing the out of hours services.

If you have an urgent dental problem out of hours and the problem is extremely severe please contact the out of hours service through NHS111.

If your dental problem includes uncontrolled bleeding and a swelling that is causing breathing problems this is an emergency and you should go to A&E.




Inlays can be used to restore a tooth with extensive areas of decay or damage that would be difficult to repair with a normal filling. As they are more durable than fillings, they are usually placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth or can repair large areas on the front teeth. They also offer a less invasive alternative to the full coverage provided by crowns.

Inlays are made from hard-wearing materials such as porcelain or composite resin. If aesthetics are not an issue, gold is a hardwearing choice. Unlike fillings, they are produced outside the mouth in a dental laboratory and then fitted to the tooth by the dentist.

Treatment steps

  • Any areas of decay or old fillings are removed and the tooth cleaned.
  • An impression is taken and this is used to create the inlay so it will exactly match the area to be filled.
  • So the prepared cavity can be protected while the inlay is being produced, a temporary restoration can be fitted.
  • When ready, the inlay is checked for fit and comfort, and then fixed permanently in place with a strong dental adhesive.

Inlays are very stable restorations that will fit a damaged tooth perfectly to provide superior protection. The affected tooth requires minimal preparation and the inlay is tailored to fit so it can be easier to keep clean than other restorations.