Tooth bonding is a simple, pain-free, long-lasting and cost-effective dental procedure used when only a small amount of tooth structure needs attention. Examples include the closing of small gaps between teeth and the repair of some chips and cracks. It also provides protection for exposed roots caused by gum recession and furnishes a means of restoring decaying teeth with an unnoticeable filling. Bonding is a conservative method in that it involves only a minimum alteration to the original tooth enamel and allows for immediate results.
The bonding process begins with the application of a special enamel conditioner to abrade the enamel surface and allow the bonding material to adhere. A composite resin is then applied and shaped to match the contour of the natural tooth. The surface of the composite is then restored to emulate the tooth’s natural shape. Finally, the tooth is polished to attain a natural luster and appearance.
Advanced technologies have increased the strength and durability of bonding materials making it now possible to perform the bonding procedure on all teeth.