Old Settlers Dental | Round Rock, TX

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Bonding

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Making decisions about your dental treatment can seem a little overwhelming. You want to know what it is, how it works, and how the treatment will benefit your long-term oral health. We understand that you've got lots of questions, and you'll find that one of our priorities is to keep you informed and educated about the details of your treatment. It's so much easier to make good decisions when you feel that you've got all the information you need beforehand.

To get you started, we've listed below a few of the questions we hear most often. We encourage you to contact us if you need more information, and we'll be happy to arrange a commitment-free consultation to discuss your needs.

Dental Bonding

dental tools for bonding | round rock tx dentistWe offer dental bonding in our Round Rock dental office to make small cosmetic improvements or repairs to teeth using durable, tooth-colored composite. Dental bonding is particularly useful for filling in small chips, closing gaps between teeth, or reshaping irregular teeth.

Dental bonding is permanent in the sense that it is designed to stay on your teeth through the use of permanent bonding agents. That being said, most dental restorations will need to be replaced at some point. You can usually count on several years to a decade (or more), depending on the location and involvement in chewing, as well as your home and professional dental care.

Common reasons to replace bonding:

  • Wears down
  • Becomes discolored or mismatched
  • Sustains decay around the margins
  • Breaks or falls off

Dental bonding adds to existing tooth structure and leaves much of the natural tooth intact, which is why many patients prefer bonding to more invasive or complex treatment. We can complete most dental bonding procedures in a single visit in our Round Rock, TX dental office.

If you are considering improvements to your smile, we welcome you to call Old Settlers Dental to book an appointment to discuss all of the options available to give you the smile you have always wanted.

Dental bonding is a noninvasive procedure we can often complete in one dental visit. Dental bonding is best when making small repairs to teeth, such as filling chips, narrow gaps, or reshaping damaged teeth.

dental bonding | round rock tx dentistBonding Process

We use tooth-colored composite, the same material we use to fill cavities and match it to your teeth for a seamless appearance. Dental bonding in our Round Rock dental office is typically completed on teeth that do not absorb much of the force from chewing. For posterior teeth, or back teeth, a dental crown will offer greater stability and longevity.

To apply composite, we may need to numb the tooth, but not in every case. When filling a small chip or gap, the bonding material will be bonded directly to your natural tooth after applying a bonding agent and hardened with a curing light.

The Purpose of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding in our Round Rock dental office is used for cosmetic purposes, but it can also smooth a rough tooth that has been damaged, so it doesn’t irritate your mouth or tongue.

To learn more about dental bonding, give us a call. We will always present all of your treatment options and help you make a choice that works best for you. 

If you are looking to repair the appearance of a tooth or a number of teeth, weighing your options is important. Dental bonding and veneers both offer cosmetic benefits, but knowing the difference is essential.

Here are some of the benefits of both dental bonding and veneers:

dental bonding and veneers | dental tools round rock tx dentistDental Bonding Benefits and Limitations

Dental bonding adds to your existing tooth structure to correct small imperfections such as chips, small gaps, and non-uniform teeth.

Dental bonding is not advised for larger cosmetic issues such as large gaps or wear on the edges of your teeth. Dental bonding adheres to your natural teeth, and larger bonding cases may break off easily from daily wear.

Dental bonding has an opaque appearance and might not provide the same translucency as porcelain.

Porcelain Veneers Benefits and Limitations

Porcelain veneers can correct just about any cosmetic issue with a natural-looking outcome. In cases of extreme misalignment, we may recommend orthodontics before beginning restorative work.

In the case of large gaps between teeth, orthodontic treatment will be necessary to avoid overly large restorations to close the gap.

To learn more about porcelain veneers or dental bonding in the Round Rock, TX area, give Old Settlers Dental a call for a cosmetic consultation.

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