Composite bonding refers to the repair of decayed, damaged or discolored teeth, using chairside methods and specific materials that resemble the exact color of your smile. The teeth are prepared and shaped to allow for composite material to be bonded onto the tooth’s surface. It is then polished into the right shape before curing it with a high-intensity light. Bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures available for those that it can benefit.
“Fillings” are properly known as tooth restorations. We use a variety of different materials to help restore teeth, damaged by decay or fracture, back to their normal function. They are also placed to help prevent further decay. Your dentist will consider a number of factors when choosing which type of filling material is best for you. These factors include the extent of the repair, the location the filling is needed, and the cost. If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown, or “cap”, may be recommended.