In dental bonding a tooth-colored putty-like resin which is a durable plastic material is applied to the tooth and hardened with an ultraviolet or laser light bonding the material to the tooth. Your dentist then trims, shapes, and polishes it. Bonding can repair decayed, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth; it is also a good cosmetic alternative to or replacement for amalgam or silver fillings. Bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes
Inlays and onlays, also called indirect fillings are made from gold, porcelain or composite materials and fill decayed or damaged teeth. Dental fillings are molded into place during an office visit; however, inlays and onlays are created in a dental laboratory and bonded into place by your dentist. The filling is called an “inlay” when the material is bonded within the center of a tooth; it is called an “onlay” when the filling includes one or more points of the tooth or covers the biting surface. Inlays and onlays preserve as much healthy tooth as possible and are an alternative to crowns.