Bonding and Tooth Colored Fillings - Michael C. Bell DDS, PC


  • Can be done in one visit, with minimal tooth reduction
  • Many times no anesthesia is necessary
  • Less expensive than laboratory-fabricated restorations
  • With proper layering of different colors and the translucency of bonding materials, the dentist can match tooth structure as well as (and sometimes better than) the dental laboratory


  • Bonding is not able to stand up to heavy biting forces, so it tends to wear and break if used in the wrong situations.
  • Bonding dulls after time and has to be re-polished, whereas porcelain (made in the dental laboratory) is much harder and does not lose its shine or glaze.

Dental Bonding Case Study

Spaces in between two front teeth closed with dental bonding

This case shows how teeth spaces can be closed successfully with bonding. You can see the the spacing of the teeth creating “v”-shaped spaces at the edges. The two front teeth were bonded, and the results were pleasing. Bonding uses white filling material that is placed over the teeth and “bonded” to the teeth with special dental adhesives to create a micromechanical bond. No anesthesia was necessary for this case, and the patient was very happy with her new smile.


Dental Bonding Case Study

Severe Case of Gum Recession Repaired with Dental bonding

This is an extreme case of gum recession and root exposure repaired with bonding. Not surprisingly, the teeth were sensitive as well as disfigured. After bonding, the teeth were not sensitive to temperature or air, and they look much more attractive.


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Some call them white fillings, and some call them composite fillings. Our dental practice has been doing them since the early ’90s. These fillings are bonded to the tooth structure, adding strength back to the tooth as well as sealing the interface between the filling and tooth. We use the rubber dam or the Isolite System for moisture control whenever possible, and are very meticulous about our bonding and curing protocol.

How long do white fillings last?

The lifespan of a white filling depends on how large the restoration is compared to the tooth size (smaller ones last longer), as well as the individual patient’s diet and personal care regimen. You should expect them to last about seven to 14 years on average. We have placed many white fillings that were placed with older bonding technology and composite (which doesn’t possess the strength and durability of today’s materials) that are well over 24 years old and still working well.

Before and After Tooth Colored Fillings

White fillings can offer a dramatic cosmetic improvement.
Tooth Colored Fillings

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