In terms of restorative dentistry, a bonding or filling in a tooth is considered a conservative treatment that can prevent or delay furthering decay or breakage. Dr. Mazzella does not place dental amalgams (silver fillings), but rather uses a newer, resin-based, tooth colored composite material. This material has multiple advantages including less stress on the tooth, high cosmetic aesthetic, less chance for allergic response, and is fully functional as soon as the material is light-cured.
We typically refer to “fillings” as the composite material applied into tooth crevices and “bondings” as applied to worn or chipped edges or smooth surfaces. The composite material is the same for both cases, and is discerningly matched to your current tooth shade and color.