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Dental Bonding is a simple cosmetic dental procedure. The process typically doesn’t utilize anesthesia (unless a cavity is being filled). The procedure is performed in one visit.
The filling “bonds” with your tooth after the dentist has created a rough surface on the tooth and applies liquid that allows the bonding process to occur. The resin comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth. This then is hardened using ultraviolet light and further shaped after hardening.
Tooth bonding can also be used for tooth fillings instead of silver amalgam. Many patients prefer bonded fillings because the white color is much less noticeable than silver. Bonded fillings can be used on front or back teeth, depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.
Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and can usually be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, tell your doctor. The bonding can generally be easily patched in one visit to the dentist’s office.