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Composite Bonding

Composite Filling


Treatment Time

Approximately 1 hour per tooth


  • Brush and floss daily
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash as prescribed by your dentist
  • Avoid biting down on hard foods and ice


  • Esthetic replacement of old silver fillings or new decay areas
  • May not be perfect color blend but much improved over mental surfaces

Treatment Longevity

5-8 years


  • Esthetic (tooth-colored)
  • Insulating
  • Completed in 1 office visit
  • Extremely good bond to tooth structure
  • Less expensive than crowns or inlays
  • More conservative than crowns because less tooth reduction required


  • More expensive than amalgam
  • Wears easily
  • Can stain, chip, or fracture
  • May have a shorter life expectancy than silver, gold, or porcelain
  • Less suited for large cavities

Infomed consent for Composite Filling

Tooth colored fillings (Composite Restorations): Tooth color fillings are used to fill teeth that have decayed, or to cover parts of teeth for esthetic reasons. They are held to the teeth with bonding agents. The materials do not stand up to biting forces as well metallic (silver or gold) fillings, and so are of limited value in the back of the mouth. The shades may match closely but may not match perfectly. Although it is not possible to predict success for individuals, the average lifespan for a tooth colored filling is 4 years, but failure may occur sooner. A strong bite, large fillings or decay can short the longevity. Smoking and tea or coffee drinking will stain t] fillings. Decay will occur around the filling if good plaque control absent. If failure occurs you will be financially responsible for retreatment.

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