White Fillings and Dental Inlays
A Whiter Shade of Smile

Do you have a mouth full of old dark metal fillings? Or maybe just one or two? Many people do and they like the idea of replacing them with white fillings.

In this short video Dr Murphy explains the difference between white fillings and inlays which are generally for larger dental repairs.

All About White Fillings

The difference is clear - you could even say black and white. Take a look at this recent cosmetic dentistry case in our Glasgow practice and you can see the before-and-after results of replacing old dark amalgam fillings with more cosmetic white fillings. It is fair to say the patient was delighted.

amalgam fillings before cosmetic treatment
white fillings

Originally white fillings were used mostly on the front teeth but now they can be deployed throughout the mouth.

The technology has improved by leaps and bounds and - although they may not be yet be quite as tough as the old amalgam fillings - they are a lot more durable now than they were.

Can you get white fillings on the NHS? Not usually, although it is possible if you can prove you are unable to stand traditional type of fillings. Discuss it with your dentist.

What are white fillings made of? A composite resin created from tooth-coloured plastic mixed with silicon dioxide which bonds to the tooth.

And are they really white? The great thing about the composite resin is we can match it to the shades of your own teeth, making it hard to spot the difference.

How much do white fillings cost? The cost of white fillings really depends on the size:

  • Very Small - £35
  • Small - £45 to 65
  • Medium - £55 to 75
  • Large - £65 to 100

What is an inlay?

Inlays and onlays in Glasgow are made in a laboratory and cemented on during a second visit to the dentist and prove a popular method for restoring the structure of your normal teeth after decay or damage.

What is the difference between an inlay and an onlay?

An inlay is carried out when the tooth structure to be replaced is within the cusp tips of the tooth.

If the damage is more extensive and the new structure covers the entire chewing surface including one or more tooth cusps, the procedure is called an onlay.

These are large fillings created in a laboratory and are carved into the shape of a tooth. They are ideal for very heavily filled teeth.

Composite Inlay or Belleglass Inlay

This is a large, strong filling made in a laboratory of white composite to look like tooth substance.

A composite inlay costs from £225-£400

Porcelain inlay

This is also large filling - even stronger than a composite inlay - made in a laboratory.

A porcelain inlay costs from £220-£375