Dental Fillings are used to repair damage to the structure of a tooth or teeth. Structural damage can be caused as a result of tooth decay, wear or trauma. After the removal of a problematic tooth structure, the tooth is restored with one of several filling materials: gold, amalgam, compsite resin (white filling material) or porcelain. Each filling material has its advantage and disadvantages. Your dentist will work with you to determine which material is appropriate for you.
Bonding is the term used to describe the process of using composite resins to glue materials to the surface of the tooth for restorative purposes. Chipped or cracked teeth are typically repaired through bonding. An enamel-like composite material is applied to the surface of the tooth, sculpted into shape, contoured and polished making the crack or chip invisible.