Many patients prefer more natural looking white fillings, either as a cosmetic filling for a tooth or to replace unsightly, old, amalgam fillings.
This is understandable. White fillings can give your teeth a much more natural look.
Happily for patients who wish to change their existing fillings, new composite filling material can also be a long-lasting solution.
However you should discuss this with one of our dentists as part of the treatment planning process when they will be happy to discuss the longevity of different types of fillings.
In this short video Glasgow dentist Dr Brendan Murphy talks about white fillings and the cosmetic advantages of dental inlays.
I recently had some cosmetic fillings placed on my front teeth by Brendan and I am absolutely delighted with the result. I have had a gap between my front teeth all of my life and was very self conscious of it. Being a dental nurse for 14 years I am fully aware of the different treatment options available to close the gap and I knew exactly what I wanted. After some research I chose to visit Brendan for a consultation where we discussed some treatment options. Brendan was able to give me the treatment I wanted and I now have the confidence to smile that I have never had before. Very very happy and will visit Brendan in future for further treatment.
On a sliding scale of dental treatments, inlays and onlays come somewhere between a regular filling and a dental crown. For example they can be used to treat teeth which have experienced a degree of fracture but something more serious is likely to call for a dental crown.
They are usually used to treat decay or damage. Sometimes they are referred to as indirect fillings because unlike the regular fillings you get in the dentist chair here in our Glasgow practice, inlays and onlays are crafted from resin or porcelain by our dental laboratory and shaded to look as natural as possible before we put them in place at a subsequent visit to the surgery.
Inlays and onlays are bonded on or around the cusps the bumps on the top of your teeth which aid in chewing your food. The difference between them relates the amount of damage to the teeth and the area being treated.
Dental inlays lie within the cusps. The procedure is usually to take a dental impression of the tooth then the inlay is custom made and shaded by the dental laboratory after which we bond the permanent dental inlay onto your tooth. Porcelain inlays are stronger and look better than composite inlays.
Dental onlays are larger than inlays - sometimes they are referred to as partial crowns - and might replace one or more cusps. Again this involves two visits with the dental laboratory busy in between.
The key cosmetic benefits of inlays and inlays are their natural appearance when they have been expertly shaded to match the patient’s teeth. They are often used to replace old metal dental work. They are also very strong and last a long time.
For private treatment, the cost is £220-£375
If you think you would like to replace your old metal fillings with more cosmetic white fillings or you think you may need dental inlays contact us via this website or phone the Glasgow practice during opening hours.