If you need dental restoration, you may find it difficult to figure out what type of procedure will work best for you. There are many advantages and disadvantages to each kind of procedure, and by knowing what they are, you can make an informed decision on your own.


The bonding process involves applying a resin onto the damaged tooth surface. The resin used is made with a very durable substance, and will bond to the tooth after exposing it to a bonding light.

While bonding is very cheap, it will not last as long as a crown or veneer. Many people like bonding because it can be done in only one visit and it requires very little preparation. The procedure still requires a lot of skill to apply the resin properly, and there may be difficulties matching the color of the resin to your existing tooth color.


Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are attached to the visible surface of your teeth. The process involves removing a couple millimeter's worth of enamel from the tooth to help it set into place. A cement composite is used to attach the veneers, helping them potentially last your entire life.

You may find veneers to look better than using bonding, and the color will be easier to match to your existing teeth due to the more extensive creation process. Unfortunately, the procedure is more costly than bonding, will require several visits to your dentist, and needs more prep work for the procedure to be successful.


A crown will completely surround the tooth that needs restoration, and it is typically used when the damage is so significant that veneers and bonding will not fix it. The process requires filing the tooth down significantly to remove most of the existing enamel. The crown eventually becomes the entire tooth's exterior surface.

While crowns can potentially last your entire life as well, they will require preparation that is more painful and invasive than bonding or veneers. Expect to make several visits to have a crown installed, and to pay the highest cost of all three procedures to have it done. You will find that the color will be the closest match to your existing teeth, and there will be more options in terms of shape.

Now that you know more about each form of dental restoration, you can pick the method that will work best for you and the damage you want to fix. To find out more, visit a webstire like http://www.pldduluth.com/.