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What is Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding is a process that your dentist applies a tooth-colored composite resin to one or
more of your teeth. The bonding is done for numerous reasons. If they’re chipped, fractured,
discolored, or simply decaying, this is a cosmetic solution that can improve your oral care
The tooth bonding composite can be used to fix broken teeth. When the white resin is applied to
the damaged area, this is called bonding. Your dentist will ensure that the color of your teeth
matches with the resin so it blends in easier. A special blue light is then pointed towards the
resin to harden the affected area, and fix it. If severely broken, you may need a dental crown, or
an onlay / inlay form of restoration. Both onlays and inlays, can be done in various ways.
Usually, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth to send to a lab, though this can vary.
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Why do composite fillings break, crack, or fall off?
There are times when the composite breaks, or the bonding filling breaks. When this happens,
the tooth will need to be restored by your dentist. Depending on how severe, it may be as
simple as refilling the tooth. If the large part of the tooth breaks off with the bonding filling, then it
may need a dental crown.
Fillings can break or fall off for many reasons, such as:
(1) If the filling is too big and covering a large part of the tooth’s surface, the filling and part of
the tooth may break off. Fillings are not meant to cover large parts of the tooth. In these cases,
a better option is to get a crown, or an inlay/onlay type of restoration.
(2) Some composite fillings are placed under the gum line. These fillings are usually glued into
place, and are more susceptible to falling off – especially if you aggressively brush teeth.
(3) Sometimes a cavity forms underneath a large, and deep filling. An x-ray can diagnose this,
and your dentist will treat it.