How does dental bonding differ from dental fillings?

How does dental bonding differ from dental fillings?

Posted by ARDEN DENTAL CARE on Jan 6 2021, 09:50 PM

How does dental bonding differ from dental fillings?

Have you been thinking about visiting the dentist nearby to get your smile restored? The beauty of one’s smile is just as important as their oral health, and cosmetic dentistry helps you get that flawless smile you’ve always been longing for. It may sometimes be difficult for you to choose between dental fillings and composite bonding - two very similar restorations that have similar use cases. This read will help you make a more educated choice and opt for the most suitable one.

What are they used for?

Dental fillingsare mainly used to fill cavities caused due to tooth decay. In some instances, they can be used to fill cracks, restore the worn-out biting surface of teeth, etc. On the other hand, composite bonding is used to restore the shape of chipped or naturally misshapen teeth, restore cracked or broken teeth, or simply enhance the frontal appearance of severely discolored teeth. They can also be used to rectify a type of malocclusion called spacing - a condition characterized by excessive spaces between adjacent teeth.

What are they made from?

Dental fillings can either be made from dental-grade ceramic or composite resin. Both these materials are tooth-colored and can be customized to mimic the exact appearance of the teeth. Earlier, fillings made from metals such as gold, silver, mercury (amalgam) were being used. However, their use has been almost entirely stopped in recent times. Cosmetic bonding involves the use of composite resinous material, which is highly customizable and biocompatible.

How do they differ in terms of application?

Composite bonding is mainly looked at as a cosmetic dental procedure. The procedure is relatively inexpensive and is considered an affordable alternative to dental fillings in some instances. However, the composite resin isn’t as durable or strong as ceramic dental fillings. Fillings are mainly used for restorative purposes, as they restore the strength, structural integrity, shape, and aesthetics of the teeth. They offer excellent durability, which makes them last for many years without hassle.

What are the advantages of composite bonding and fillings?

  • Both composite bonding and fillings are quite versatile, as they can be used for multiple purposes.
  • They offer good durability, allowing you to bite and chew food as always.
  • They adhere well to the prepared tooth surface, along with providing excellent sealing.
  • They can be highly customized to mimic the exact appearance of the adjoining teeth, which helps to keep them under disguise.
  • Since they are biocompatible, they do not cause any adverse reactions to the natural tissues of the mouth (as in the case of amalgam fillings).


Please get in touch with our dental care in Sacramento, CA  through online consultation or by calling us, and we’ll guide you further.


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