Fillings and Inlays

At Tovey Little Dental Centre we offer amalgam and composite fillings. Most people prefer composite fillings because they are virtually invisible once placed as they are colour matched to the teeth.

Amalgam Fillings
A filling replaces part of the tooth that has been lost because of decay or through accidental damage. Amalgam fillings are made of a mixture of metals, such as silver, tin and copper. Amalgam is soft at first but quickly becomes very hard once placed in the tooth. Amalgam fillings are very strong so they are ideal for back teeth, where there is heavy wear from chewing. They do however have the cosmetic draw back of turning black over time.

Composite Fillings (White Fillings)
Different types of white fillings include composite, glass ionomer and compomer. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite filling material sticks to teeth and can form edges, so it may be effectively used to repair front teeth that are chipped, broken, decayed or worn.  It can also be used as a veneer to cover marks or discolouration that cleaning won't remove. Composite fillings are less noticeable than amalgam fillings which may turn black over time.  White fillings come in a range of shades so they can be matched to the colour of your own teeth.


Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are pre-formed fillings made outside the mouth at the laboratory, they are then cemented into the tooth cavity.  An inlay sits in the cavity of the tooth. An onlay sits on the tooth and builds up its shape. Inlays and onlays can be made in tooth coloured porcelain, gold or composite.