Tooth Build-Up

What are tooth build-ups?

There are different ways to repair teeth, a tooth build up is one way to repair or rebuild a tooth if it has had dental decay or has been broken. The material used for tooth build-up is composite (tooth coloured fillings). The filling is used to fill the defect where part of the tooth is missing or decayed and to restore the natural shape of the tooth. Tooth build-ups can be used to subtly shape worn teeth by building on to the edges or can be used to completely transform the shape of more heavily broken down teeth.

How long does the procedure take?

Depending on how many build-ups are required, you may need more than one appointment to complete your treatment. Your dentists will advise you of the number of teeth being built up at each appointment and will ensure that these are placed in a way that is balanced and enables you to eat, speak and socialise inbetween appointments.  The preparation of the tooth and the filling will be done on the same day. The timing of the procedure dependents on the size of the build up and the number of build ups required, the appointment length can vary from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

What are the alternative options?

Where your tooth is not strong enough to support a filling, your dentist may recommend an alternative treatment such as a veneer, crown, onlay or inlay.

How much do tooth build-ups cost?

The cost for tooth build-ups depends on the number required and the size of the build-up. For further information on the cost of fillings, please refer to our price list.