Types of Tooth Bonding Procedures

There are two types of bonding. What type is indicated in your situation depends upon whether you have a small area or a larger area that requires correction.

For small corrections

These are one appointment fillings which are color-matched to the tooth and are bonded to the surface for added strength. These are most appropriate for small fillings and front fillings as they may not be as durable for large fillings.

For larger corrections

Dental lab-created tooth-colored fillings require two appointments and involve making a mold of your teeth and placing a temporary filling. A dental laboratory then creates a very durable filling to custom-fit the mold made from your teeth. These fillings are typically made of porcelain. The custom-fit filling is then bonded to your tooth on your return visit. This type is even more natural looking, more durable and more stain resistant. (For more information on these types of fillings, please see About Cosmetic Dentistry's section on dental fillings.)

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  1. Introduction to tooth bonding
  2. What is it and how long does tooth bonding last?
  3. Procedure description: cosmetic tooth bonding
  4. What types of cosmetic dental bonding are there?
  5. Who is a candidate for the dental bonding procedure?
  6. How much does tooth bonding cost?
  7. What are the pros and cons of the dental bonding procedure?
  8. Before and after photos - dental bonding
  9. Personal stories from tooth bonding patients
  10. Discuss dental bonding on the Cosmetic Dentistry Message Board

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