What Is Bonding?

Bonding is a tooth-colored composite resin to repair decay, chips, cracks or discoloration of the tooth. Unlike veneers, which are fabricated in a laboratory and require a customized mold to achieve a suitable fit, bonding can be done in one visit. The procedure is called bonding because the composite resin bonds to the tooth.

Why Is Bonding Used

Sometimes, bonding is also used as a alternative to silver fillings. Bonding can also be used to guard the part of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recedes.

Bonding is among the simplest & least costly of cosmetic dental procedures. The composite resin used in bonding can be formed & refined to match to the adjacent teeth. Most often, bonding is used for cosmetic purposes to improve the look of a discolored or chipped tooth. It may also be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth.

What to Consider

The composite resin used in bonding isn’t as strong as a natural tooth and needs to be cared for properly. Biting your fingernails or chewing on hard candy can chip the bonding material. Bonding usually lasts several years before it needs to be restored. How long it actually lasts depends on how much of the tooth needed to be restored (size of the bonding) and your oral habits. It is very common to have sensitivity with in the first 48 to 72 hours after placing bonding. Symptoms should gradually subside.