Dental Bonding, also known as Tooth Bonding, is a process in which an enamel-like material is applied to a tooth’s surface. It is sculpted, hardened, and then polished to look like your original tooth. This procedure can usually be accomplished in a single visit but the application lasts for several years.
Bonding is often performed in order to fill in gaps between teeth, fix a chipped or slightly decayed tooth, or change the color of your teeth.
Additionally, it can be used as a tooth-colored filling for small cavities or to cover the entire outside surface of a tooth to change its color and shape.
However, Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration such as Veneers and Crowns. Crowns (also known as caps) are used in cases where other procedures will not be effective. Crowns have the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations, but are the most time consuming to install.
Dr. Parrish and Dr. Childs can help you understand your options and suggest the best procedure for your specific dental needs.