Dental bonding is a tooth colored resin material used for fillings or to repair chipped or worn tooth structure. The procedure involves preparing the tooth and then applying a gel to micro-etch the tooth surface. Then a primer/bonding agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface. The last step is to place the material on the tooth and harden it with a special curing light. The resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish as a last step.
Since this material is sculpted and bonded to the tooth, it is the ideal restoration for small fillings or restorations and is less likely to fracture than silver fillings. For larger chips or fillings, porcelain veneers or inlays and onlays would be the better option for a restoration.