White Fillings and Dental Inlays

For More Natural Looking Results

white fillings for a whiter smile
 

In this short video Glasgow dentist Dr Brendan Murphy talks about white fillings and the cosmetic advantages of dental inlays.

What are white fillings?

Many patients prefer more natural looking white fillings, either as a new 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.

How much do white fillings cost?

As a rough guide (but double check with the practice):
* Very Small - £35
* Small - £45 to 65
* Medium - £55 to 75
* Large - £65 to 100

Dental Inlays and Dental Onlays

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.

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.