What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a composite material. It’s a resin (plastic) that includes other materials (such as ceramic) for additional strength and beauty.
Bonding is initially soft and shapeable. Boston cosmetic dentist Dr. Clancy will shape it to replace the lost part of the tooth, then cure it with a special light, so it is very hard. For large repairs, Dr. Clancy might layer the bonding: shaping one layer at a time and then curing it to ensure the entire repair is fully hardened. Once cured, a final polish helps it look like natural tooth enamel.
Dental bonding gives great initial results. It’s a quick procedure: you can get a tooth repaired in a single visit.
However, dental bonding is not the strongest or the longest-lasting restoration. Depending on the size and placement of your chipped tooth, bonding might last a few years, say 3-7.