Dental bonding involves the use of a composite resin to repair or re-shape teeth or fill gaps. It is called bonding because the material used actually bonds to the surface of the tooth. The putty-like resin is molded to fit the tooth or to fill spaces, cracks and chips. Once it is applied and shaped, it matches the shape, texture and colour of your natural teeth.
The main uses of bonding are to:
- Repair cracked or chipped teeth
- Close spaces and gaps between teeth
- Change the shape of teeth
- Protect exposed roots where gums have receded
Bonding is used when more expensive and intrusive procedures are not required. A simple bonding procedure can be performed in one visit without freezing or anesthesia. It is an easy and less expensive way to repair minor cosmetic flaws.