Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore the health of the tooth or improve a person’s smile.
Dental bonding is an option that can be considered:
- To repair decayed or infected teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities)
- To repair chipped or cracked teeth
- To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- To close spaces between teeth
- To make teeth look longer
- To change the shape of teeth
- As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
- To protect a portion of the tooth’s root that is exposed when gums recede
Step 1: A molar with decay that must be removed, and a restoration placed.
Step 2: The decay is removed and the outline of preparation can be seen in cross section.
Step 3: A tooth colored composite restoration is placed.
Step 4: A final view of the tooth with restoration placed and the new restoration almost invisible.