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Composite or Tooth Colored Filling – Conservative and Cool!

April 7, 2016

Composite or Tooth Colored Filling – Conservative and Cool!

A composite or tooth colored filling may be just what you need to improve your smile!   Sure, they do not last as long as a porcelain restoration and they do have limitations but the goal of this blog is to show a conservative approach to improving a smile and let you know what the potential benefits and complications are when a composite or tooth colored filling or restoration is placed.  Our office loves giving our patients options about their dental treatment so that they can pick the solution that is best for them at that time!

Existing composite or tooth colored filling (restoration) is very stained and the overall color of the teeth is very dark.

Existing composite or tooth colored filling on the front tooth  is stained and rough and the overall color of the teeth is very dark.

In the photos here, a composite or tooth colored filling was used to replace the existing stained restoration on the front tooth.  The patient also wanted an overall brighter tooth shade.

Treatment options for this patient would be as follows:

  • Bleach teeth
  • Gum surgery or plastic surgery of the gums to even the gumline for the central incisors
  • Option of treating both central incisors to create central that were even in size.  (You will note that the left central incisor seems narrower than the right central)
  • Two weeks or more after bleaching is completed, a composite or tooth colored filling (also colled a restoration) or porcelain veneer(s) can be completed to improve the appearance of the teeth.

What the patient selected based on his goals:

  • Bleaching with our custom trays.
  • No gum surgery as not concerned about the discrepancy in height of the front teeth.
  • Composite or tooth colored filling to replace his existing stained one.


  • More conservative than a porcelain veneer and certainly more conservative than two porcelain veneers
  • Instant improvement
  • Smooth and comfortable
  • No anesthetic required for bonding in this area (usually).
  • Lower cost


  • Gum surgery would have made the teeth look more even in length and would have added minimal additional cost however this was not a concern for this patient.
  • One central is wider than the other.
  • Over time the composite or tooth colored filling will stain and will need to be replaced.  In our office, we guarantee restorations like this one for two years however depending on the patient’s habits and care, this restoration may last much longer.
  • Composites or tooth colored fillings (restorations) are not as durable as porcelain and the patient will have to be very careful what he bites into or habits like clenching grinding or chewing on things (pens, fingernails etc.)
  • Increased cost.

Please call our office if you have questions about these types of restorations or to see if a composite or tooth colored filling would work for you.  We would love to see you!

Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

Composite or tooth colored filling replacing the existing stained restoration on the front tooth.

Composite or tooth colored filling replacing the existing stained restoration (filling) on the front tooth

Did Your Dentist Ever Warn You About Tooth Bleaching and Bonding?

October 27, 2015

Did your dentist ever warn you about tooth bleaching and having dental treatment that includes any type of bonding?

Custom bleaching trays in place over healthy teeth.

If not, they should have!


Will Tooth Bonding Work For You? Please Ask Us For Options!

July 10, 2013

When you have small chips, cracks, or stains, cosmetic bonding may offer a simple cosmetic dentistry solution.


The process involves mixing resin to create a shade that matches your natural teeth and applying it to the affected area. The tooth-colored cosmetic bonding material is cured with a light and adheres to the surface of your teeth, immediately resulting in a more beautiful smile. You’ll be able to rest easy knowing that the cosmetic bonding we offer will be practically imperceptible to your loved ones and colleagues.

This small chip is the perfect situation for direct cosmetic bonding!

We offer many services to care for your oral health, from professional cleanings to complete smile makeovers. We believe everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile if that is their goal.  Dr. Gillis has advanced training in complex aesthetic restoration, a process that re-establishes the function, health, and beauty of your mouth. When necessary, Dr. Gillis works with a team of specialists including endodontists, periodontists, oral surgeons, and orthodontists to achieve optimum results.

Direct cosmetic bonding as seen below is often able to be completed with no anesthesia, little to no grinding of your tooth, and because we can mix different shades of bonding materials and test them right on your tooth, the color match is very good!  This cosmetic tooth-colored bonding may need to be replaced every few years depending on several things including destructive habits like clenching and grinding, biting into hard food or objects (fingernails, cuticles, pencils, sunflower seeds etc!) and diet.

Conservative direct bonding has been used to repair this front tooth.

This team concept extends to our dental labs who we believe are the finest available in the country. All of our porcelain work is crafted by an AACD accredited lab technician. We believe the combination of an artistic, talented dentist and a high quality dental lab equals superior dentistry and lasting results.

If you would like more information about direct cosmetic bonding or any dental procedure our office would be happy to help! Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.  Please visit us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/juliegillisddspc) or call us if you have any questions or concerns.  You can also email our office at jgillis@juliegillisdds.com for further information.

This information shared with you by Julie Gillis, DDS PC .  We feel that your dental health is the top priority, and if we can make your smile more attractive while improving your health that is wonderful! Dr. Gillis practices restorative and cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, implants, crowns, bridges and periodontal care.  Our office website is www.juliegillisds.com.  For further information, please contact us at (970) 242-3635.

Yours for better health,

Julie Gillis, DDS,

“Restoring Smiles – Restoring Health”