Bonding is an alternative to inlays, onlays or veneers, and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored either in front teeth or back teeth.
How does it work?
The tooth is prepared for the procedure by removing either the old or defective filling, re-prepping the tooth, and removing any decay. Then the surface of the tooth is lightly etched and a bonding solution is applied. A plastic resin is then applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist and cured using a halogen curing light. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.
The bonding procedure is completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly in addition to restoring it to proper function. This is a good choice for small to moderate sized restorations. As with all dental treatment, its expected lifespan is dependent on how well it is done (the dentist’s job) and how well it is taken care of (the patient’s job – regular flossing and brushing and twice yearly professional cleanings).