At Adams Dental Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, Dr. Kent Dodson and staff have been transforming the smiles of Nebraska residents for years and are proud to offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures and treatments to address all of your dental needs.
At Adams Dental Center, the comfort and care of our patients is our first priority, and we will work very hard to make sure your time with us is as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We combine today’s newest technologies with exceptional skill and care to restore a healthy and natural-looking smile to your life. With that improved smile comes new found confidence and a zest for life.
Dental pain is virtually a thing of the past, because of lasers, improved dental tools that work more quickly and efficiently, and easier ways of administering local anesthetic.
If your teeth are slightly crooked, chipped, ragged or have gaps, you may be a perfect candidate for dentaltooth bonding. Tooth bonding is a white filling material made out of resin that can be attached directly to the enamel of your teeth. When put into place by a highly trained cosmetic dentist such as Dr. Kent Dodson, tooth bonding can change the size, shape and color of your teeth without a complicated procedure or surgery.
Dental bonding is a very simple procedure that requires very little advance preparation. Anesthesia is usually not necessary unless the bonding is intended to fill a decayed tooth. Dr. Dodson will show you a shade guide to select a composite resin color that will match the color of your natural teeth.
During the dental bonding process, the surface of the tooth will be roughened and a conditioning liquid for the tooth will be applied. This helps the bonding material to adhere to the tooth being bonded. The tooth-colored resin is applied, molded and smoothed to the desired shape. Then an ultraviolet light is used to harden the material; after the material is hardened, Dr. Dodson will trim and shape the bonding and polish it up to match the shine of the rest of the tooth’s surface. The procedure typically takes 30-60 minutes from start to finish.
There are many advantages to dental bonding such as bonding is the least expensive of most, if not all, cosmetic procedures. Also, bonding can be done in one office visit, whereas crowns and porcelain veneers must be manufactured in a laboratory. Another advantage to bonding is that only a very little bit of tooth enamel is removed, and anesthesia is not required (unless it’s for a filling).
The disadvantages to dental bonding are limited. Tooth bonding does not resist stains as well as crowns do, and dental bonding does not last as long as other restorative procedures such as placing veneers and fillings. In rare instances, bonding materials have been known to chip and break off the tooth.
Dr. Dodson and many other cosmetic dentists view dental bonding as best suited for minor cosmetic changes and for correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure (front teeth). Because bonding can chip, it is very important to avoid practices such as nail biting, chewing on ice and other hard food/objects and using your teeth to open things.
To learn more about how tooth bonding can improve your smile, please call or email Adams Dental Center today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Kent Dodson and his friendly, professional staff.