What’s The Difference Between Dental Bonding and Crowns?


The results of dental bonding and crowns might look fairly similar yet the processes are significantly different. There are a number of different factors that determine whether dental bonding or crowns are ideal.

Let’s take a look…

Below, we take a look at each of these procedures and explain how they are different from one another.



Dentists typically recommend dental bonding for tooth restorations that are cosmetic.  As an example, bonding can repair a superficial crack or fill a large space between the teeth. Bonding can also lengthen misshapen or small teeth.  It can even whiten discolored or stained teeth. Professionals typically perform bonding during repairs to teeth in the front portion of the mouth (the incisors) instead of those in the back known as the molars.  The surface area of incisors tends to be more vertical rather than horizontal so damage tends to be limited to that section of the tooth rather than the bone or root structure below.

Dental bonding will usually only take a single visit.  The dentist prepares the teeth with an initial roughening process.  The dentist conditions the affected portions to guarantee adequate adhesion of the composite material  The dentist then applies and modifies the resin to form the ideal shape prior to hardening with a hand-held light.

There are two main types of dental bonding.  The first is direct composite bonding. This is a rapid fix for chipped and cracked teeth.  The dentist applies the material to the teeth to fill the chip or crack. Direct composite bonding can take as little as one visit.  Adhesive bonding attaches bridges, veneers and inlays to the teeth. The bonding functions similar to glue, holding the restoration firmly in place.


In some instances, crowns make more sense than dental bonding.  In particular, CEREC® crowns have emerged as popular solutions. CEREC® allows for the creation of crowns within a couple hours thanks to the use of an in-office milling machine.  The traditional approach to crowns requires the assistance of an outside laboratory. Lab technicians form the perfect crown for the patient’s unique mouth.

The crown fits right on top of the teeth.  In fact, it is possible for a crown to function as an alternative to a filling.  Crowns can even restore the tooth’s look and functionality after a restorative procedure like a root canal.  The crown covers the entirety of the tooth, protecting the portion of the natural tooth that remains.


The answer to this question depends on your oral health, oral challenges and the analysis of your dentist.  The best way to figure out if crowns or dental bonding are ideal for you is to visit the dentist for an in-depth analysis of your mouth.  Edison Dental Health Center will help you determine which approach is optimal for your mouth considering your oral health issue, its severity, the desired outcome, budgeting constraints, scheduling issues and additional concerns.

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