Marylebone Dental Care
25 Devonshire Place, London, W1G 6JD
Telephone (020) 7935-9320
Fax (020) 7935-4486

Routine Dental Treatment

Involves the use of tooth coloured composite fillings, porcelain or gold inlays to treat mild to moderately damaged teeth. The use of silver amalgam fillings can be minimized with the advent of modern dental materials.


Silver fillings

A filling replaces part of a tooth lost because of decay or through accidental damage. ‘Silver’ fillings are made of amalgam – a mixture of mercury with silver, tin and copper. The filling rebuilds the tooth for chewing an can prevent toothache from developing. Amalgam is soft and mouldable at first but quickly becomes very hard. Silver filings are very strong so they can be ideal for back teeth where there is heavy wear from chewing.


White fillings

Unlike amalgam (silver) fillings, white composite fillings stick to teeth using an adhesive. So they can be used to repair front teeth and small repairs of back teeth. White fillings come in a range of shades so they can be matched to the colour of your own teeth. Because white fillings are sticky they can be used to reshape and rebuild broken edges or worn teeth.

They are not as strong as silver fillings, so they may not be suitable for large fillings in back teeth.


Inlays and Onlays

These are alternatives to fillings. Inlays and onlays are made outside the mouth and then cemented to the tooth in the surgery.

An ‘inlay’ sits in a hole in the tooth. An ‘onlay’ sits on the tooth and builds up its shape. Inlays and onlays can be made in tooth coloured porcelain or composite and in gold.


They are strong and last longer than fillings. They are especially suitable for the chewing surfaces of back teeth where strength is required and a more natural shape can be achieved.

Inlays and onlays are constructed in a similar manner to crowns