Bonding is a term dentists use to describe tooth colored fillings. They are synonymous with composite resin fillings or white fillings. The days of silver amalgam fillings are largely behind us. Bonding is also used to describe how Dr Oh and Dr Estafan repair front teeth – as long as the cavity or chip are small. Larger lesions typically require a porcelain veneer or crown. Sometimes a combination of bonding and veneers are indicated.
Composite resins are an excellent, conservative way to repair small chips, holes and cavities in both front teeth and back teeth. It is typically completed in 1 visit, and may require local anesthetic (similar to Novocaine) but not always. In the end it is difficult and sometimes impossible to see where the bonding is and where the tooth begins.