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Direct bonding for posterior teeth is a technique whereby tooth colored composite material is permanently bonded to your tooth using dental adhesives as an alternative to metal amalgam fillings to create a natural, tooth colored filling.

Length of Surgery

One to two hours


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Treatment Frequency

Once every 7 – 11 years


Tooth sensitivity; fillings may be compromised if you grind your teeth


Cosmetic dental bonding price typically ranges from $300 to $600 per tooth,

Duration of results

7 – 11 years

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Cost of Direct Bonding – Posterior*

Direct bonding for posterior teeth cost varies depending on a number of factors including the extent of the composite bonding procedure, where you live, the expertise of the dentist and the type of dental insurance you have. If your tooth has been damaged by an accident, decay or defective enamel, your insurance should pay to have those repaired.

Cosmetic dental bonding price typically ranges from $300 to $600 per tooth*, and dentists with advanced bonding training may charge more for the procedure.

Am I a candidate for Direct Bonding - Posterior?

Cosmetic bonding of back teeth can offer a simple, pain-free solution to many patients who want to improve the appearance of their teeth. However, dental composite fillings do not have the strength and longevity that amalgam fillings do; therefore they are usually recommended for smaller fillings.

Suitable candidates for dental bonding of the posterior teeth are::

  1. Those who have no gum disease or tooth decay in the area to be treated
  2. Patients who do not want grey metal fillings that show when they smile
  3. Patients who do not grind their teeth
  4. Patients who are allergic to some of the metals in amalgam fillings
  5. Non-smokers. 

Direct Bonding - Posterior Definition

Direct bonding (aka cosmetic bonding, composite bonding, dental bonding or tooth bonding) of the posterior (back) teeth is a technique whereby tooth coloured composite material is permanently bonded to your tooth using dental adhesives as an alternative to metal amalgam fillings to create a natural, tooth colored filling. Dental bonding can repair cracked, chipped, and discolored teeth and replace silver amalgam fillings in the back teeth. Tooth bonding is painless and non-invasive and dental bonding of the posterior teeth can be an excellent substitute for other more invasive treatments such as bridges or crowns. It is also relatively inexpensive.

What is a Direct Bonding - Posterior Procedure?

Direct bonding for posterior teeth uses a composite resin filling placed in the back teeth to restore decayed teeth, fill or replace fillings and improve the appearance of the back teeth. During a direct bonding procedure, the bonding material is painted or sculpted onto the tooth to fill, cover and protect the area.

Dental composite is made of materials including particles of silicon dioxide or quartz bound with a strong synthetic resin. It is created in different shades, strengths and translucencies to match your natural teeth as closely as possible. The dental bonding material is placed on the tooth to be treated and sculpted and shaped to fit the tooth perfectly. A high-intensity light is then directed at the dental composite which hardens the material, and then the tooth is polished.

Composite fillings last between seven and 11 years, which is longer than traditional amalgam fillings. While the traditional silver fillings last about seven years, dental composite fillings, when done properly, should last about seven to eleven years. Patients interested in cosmetic bonding should ensure that they go to a dentist who has extensive post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry and plenty of experience of performing direct bonding procedures.

When you visit your dentist to discuss direct bonding, they will examine your teeth to make sure that dental bonding is an appropriate option for you. The dentist will then discuss your expectations with you for your direct bonding procedure.

Tooth bonding is quick, relatively painless, long lasting and affordable compared to other more extensive and invasive types of dental treatment. The composite material used in direct bonding treatment is extremely flexible and, unlike traditional amalgam filings, expands and contracts with the natural tooth to prevent cracks and potential tooth loss.

During the direct bonding for posterior teeth treatment, the dentist roughens the surface of the tooth using a mild acid solution to help the composite resin to adhere properly. The composite resin, which has been chosen to closely match the natural color of your teeth, is applied to the tooth and sculpted and smoothed until the desired appearance is achieved. A high intensity light is then directed at the tooth to harden the resin. The tooth is then buffed and polished to further enhance its appearance.

The dental bonding procedure usually requires one or two visits to the dentist’s office, though more visits may be required depending on the extent of the procedure. Your dentist will discuss an individual dental bonding treatment plan with you at your initial consultation.

Dental bonding work carried out correctly by a qualified cosmetic dentist should not discolour or stain any more over time than your natural teeth.

How is Direct Bonding - Posterior done?

There are two types of dental bonding techniques. Your dentist will choose the technique for you depending on the extent of the work required to repair the tooth.

  1. Small corrections – These composite fillings are color-matched to the tooth and are bonded to the surface to strengthen the tooth. These are most appropriate for small fillings and can be done in one appointment.
  2. Larger corrections – larger fillings require two appointments. At the first a mold is made of your teeth and sent to the dental laboratory. Your dentist will give you a temporary filling until your next appointment. The lab creates a custom-made composite filling to match your tooth exactly in shape and color, which is bonded onto your teeth at the next visit using the technique below.

During the direct bonding for posterior teeth treatment your dentist isolates the damaged tooth to keep the treatment area dry. A phosphoric acid solution is to the surface of the natural tooth to roughen the surface and help the resin to adhere fast to the tooth. After 15 seconds, the phosphoric acid is removed, and a liquid bonding resin is applied.

The composite resin is a putty-like material that is applied in stages to the natural surface of the tooth. As the dentist applies the resin, they shape and smooth it to the tooth, then this is set into place using a high intensity light. The direct bonding process is repeated (each layer of resin takes a few minutes to harden) until the resin has reached its final desired shape. The tooth is then buffed and finely polished.

The direct bonding for posterior teeth procedure takes a little longer than traditional silver fillings because multiple layers of the bonding material are applied. Dental bonding usually takes an hour to two. After the direct bonding treatment you may experience some tooth sensitivity for a few days to a few weeks, but this will subside.

Direct bonding for posterior teeth will last a long time as long as you look after your teeth, and you can smile and laugh with confidence  

Questions to Ask a dentist about a Direct Bonding - Posterior procedure

Here is an essential check list of questions you may want to ask your perfectyourself.com dental professional:

  1. Am I a good candidate for Direct Bonding - Posterior?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. How long will the procedure take?
  4. What kind of anesthesia or pain relief is used?
  5. What is your experience in performing Direct Bonding - Posterior??
  6. Can I see your qualifications?
  7. Ask to see any Direct Bonding - Posterior before and after photographs of recent procedures?
  8. What percentages of your Direct Bonding - Posterior patients have had significant post-treatment complications?
  9. How much will my Direct Bonding – Posterior cost?
  10. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  11. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  12. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
  13. What is the recovery and healing period for Direct Bonding - Posterior? When can I resume full normal activity?
  14. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended
  15. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)

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