Appletree Dental Care, 3 Crow Road, Glasgow, G11 7RT

Tel: 0141 339 1961

White Fillings and Dental Inlays

What are white fillings?

Many patients want more natural-looking white fillings, either as a cosmetic filling for a tooth or to replace old, dark amalgam fillings.

This is understandable. White fillings can give your teeth a much more natural look.

Happily for patients who want to change their old silver fillings, new composite filling material can also be a long-lasting solution.

However you should discuss this with one of our dentists. They will be happy to discuss the advantages of different types of fillings.

In this short video Glasgow dentist Dr Brendan Murphy talks about white fillings and the hard-wearing materials which can replace old silver fillings as part of your overall cosmetic dentistry package. He also talks about the cosmetic advantages of dental inlays.

How much do white fillings cost?

  • Very Small - £50
  • Small - £45 to £65
  • Medium - £55 to £75
  • Large - £65 to £120

Check with reception for the most up to date prices.

Can you get white fillings on the NHS?

It is possible to get white composite fillings for your front teeth on the NHS. The dentist can let you know your options when you visit our Glasgow practice.

Patient Review

I recently had some white 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.

Frankie Barker

Dental Inlays and Dental Onlays

Dental 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 small 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.

They are then 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 to 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 to the dental laboratory.

The key cosmetic benefits of inlays and onlays 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.

How much do porcelain inlays cost?

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.