A tooth coloured restoration is commonly known as a white filling, which is the most natural restoration of a tooth and therefore your smile. At the Brighton Implant Clinic, we provide tooth coloured restorations, which are composite or porcelain, fillings, onlays or inlays, as well as replacing metal fillings with white ones. In this article, we will have a look at white fillings and their advantages, what are inlays and onlays, as well as silver fillings vs white ones. 

Composite (white) fillings

Made from powdered glass and acrylic resins, composite fillings are the most cost-effective, resilient and aesthetically pleasing type of filling. It is also the most popular amongst our patients. These fillings blend to your natural teeth and you can't tell the difference!

Onlays | Inlays

In cases of severe decay or where a tooth has been badly cracked or broken, a filling will not be sufficient in saving the remaining natural tooth. An inlay or onlay is somewhere in between a crown and a filling and can be made from composite or porcelain. This enables the dentist to save as much healthy tooth as possible.  

Porcelain (white) Onlay | Inlays

Porcelain is a type of ceramic which is used for inlay and onlay restorations rather than fillings. Ceramic is very durable and versatile and the same colour as natural teeth. Choosing porcelain will still give you a natural and long-lasting restoration.

Advantages of Composite and Porcelain

Advantages of Composite

Choosing  a white composite filling has many advantages such as:

  • It is more aesthetically pleasing, therefore will give you a natural looking smile.  
  • Multiple appointments are not necessary, composite fillings are usually completed in one appointment.
  • Using composite is minimally invasive and maintains as much healthy tooth as possible.
  • The most cost-effective in comparison to metal or porcelain fillings.
  • Contains no mercury.

Advantages of Porcelain Onlays | Inlays

Porcelain Onlays and Inlays also have many advantages such as:

  • Aesthetically pleasing, for a natural looking smile.    
  • Porcelain ceramics are extremely durable and long-lasting.
  • Contain no mercury.

Amalgam (silver) fillings VS Composite & Porcelain fillings

Although silver fillings are durable and long lasting they do have their disadvantages. Although the FDA has approved that the amount of mercury found in silver fillings are not harmful, amalgam still contains mercury. Aesthetically speaking, amalgam fillings are also silver therefore will not give you a natural-looking restoration, they have also been documented to darken over time. In terms of the procedure, dentist’s performing a silver filling will likely have to remove more of your natural tooth to successfully seal the filling, especially in comparison to porcelain or composite.  If you would like to talk to one of our dentist’s about changing your silver filling to a white filling, then contact the Brighton Implant Clinic.

Need a filling?

If you have a pain in your tooth, a crack or dark discolouring, you could need a filling. At the Brighton Implant Clinic, we have a fantastic team of award-winning dentist’s, renowned for their achievements in cosmetic restorations. Book an appointment with us.

Brighton Implant Clinic

The Brighton Implant Clinic was established in 2009, Hove, East Sussex. The award – winning clinic now spans over four sites in Hove,  Brighton, Worthing, and Hailsham. Founder and principal dentist Dr Bruno Silva has created a clinic with state of the art facilities and equipment including its own dental laboratory. We provide personalised and affordable dental care, including dental implants and cosmetic dentistry solutions, with additional services such as sedative dentistry. Dr Silva and his team believe a smile is a gift that keeps on giving, confidence in your smile is confidence in you. Their promise is to provide patients with first class dental treatments with first class patient care.

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