Composite Resin (White) Fillings

Composite Resin fillings are an alternative to amalgams (silver) fillings, inlays & onlays or porcelain veneers and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, misarranged or have cavities.

How does it work?

The tooth may be anesthetized (numbed) then the cavity, crack or stain is removed. The tooth is then prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.


The composite resin fillings procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth. Composite resin fillings typically lasts three to five years before need of repair.

For more information regarding after care home instruction, go to Following Fillings & Crowns.