A bonding is a composite resin that is used as an alternative
to amalgams and veneers. This is an excellent cosmetic option
for those patients who do not want the look of silver in their
mouths and do not want the expense of veneers. Bondings can be
used on teeth that are decayed, cracked, or stained.
The bonding procedure is usually completed in one visit. The first
step is to remove the decayed or unsightly portion of the tooth.
The tooth is then etched with a liquid or gel and a bonding agent
is then applied. This will allow the composite resin to be placed
in the prepared tooth. The resin is then trimmed and polished,
leaving you with a beautifully sculpted, natural-looking restoration.
Although composite resins are cosmetically pleasing and easily
placed, their durability is not as strong as other, more permanent
, porcelain restorations. These resins typically last from 4-7
years before they begin to chip and wear away. When this happens,
the restoration will need to be replaced.