When a tooth is chipped, fractured, or decayed, bonding can be used to repair the damaged tooth. The material used in bonding is a resin and is colored to match the color of the tooth being repaired. The resin is “bonded” to the damaged tooth, hence the name “bonding”.
Bonding is used primarily for cosmetic dentistry to repair a tooth, but in some instances can be used to reduce the space between two teeth eliminating an unsightly gap.
The reason people select bonding over “Veneers” which are longer lasting and encapsulate the entire tooth, is that the entire bonding procedure is usually completed in a single visit and the cost to bond the damaged tooth is less expensive. Remember to ask the dentist which is a better solution for your individual case.
There is usually no need for sedation with teeth bonding because there is normally no pain associated with bonding. There are instances where a decaying tooth can be saved with bonding in which case the patient can elect to receive “Sedation.”