Dental Bonding and Contouring Overview
General dentist Dr. Patrick B. Toms performs dental bonding and contouring to fix small cosmetic flaws at his office in Gainesville, GA. A fast but effective treatment, bonding and contouring use composite resin to mask discoloration, reduce spaces between gapped teeth, lengthen a tooth, and even improve the shape of a tooth. Our composite resin comes in many shades, and Dr. Toms will closely match it to your natural tooth color so that the bonding material blends in with your smile. Tooth bonding and contouring is a great solution for people who are looking to repair teeth that are mildly damaged from tooth decay, chipped, broken, or openly spaced. For an effective treatment to enhance the appearance of your smile, schedule a consultation to get more information about dental bonding and contouring at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D.
"Had a very fast, and great experience in Dr. Toms office. Everyone was friendly, and very helpful."- T.R. / Facebook / Mar 24, 2020
"I have extreme anxiety and fear about the dentist. I had a lower molar that had been troubling me for years but no dentist could ever get it to numb enough to fix it due to my resistance to local anesthetics. Dr. Toms used sedation dentistry techniques to correct the issues with my tooth and I can honestly say it was the best experience I have ever had with a dentist. I highly recommend his practice especially if you deal with anxiety over dentistry work. He and his staff were extremely friendly and made me feel like I was there only concern. The procedure was painless (although I must admit I dont think I was even awake for most of it) and just a few hours later I can acually chew again with a tooth I haven't been able to use for years. Thank you Dr. Toms!"- J.G. / Google / Feb 12, 2020
"I have been a patient of Dr. Toms for a very long time! My kids are too, as well as many other family members. I trust his opinion, and expertise. He is not going to recommend any unnecessary services. He and his staff have a gentle touch and are always so friendly, welcoming and professional. I highly recommend Dr. Toms to anyone looking for excellent dental care!"- C.R. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
"Been seeing Dr. Tom's for about 10 years now, have had extensive work done. I am very happy with him and his staff always professional and courteous."- K.L. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
"Dr. Toms, Lorie, and entire staff have been providing dental care to my family for many years. We have complete trust in their capabilities as dental professionals as well as their honesty and integrity. It is a blessing to recieve dental care from a group of people who make you feel like family. Thank you !!!!"- S.B. / Healthgrades / Jul 16, 2019
Best Candidates for Dental Bonding and Contouring
You will want your bonding and contouring to help with cracks, chips, gaps, discoloration, short teeth, teeth shape, and more to improve your teeth. Dental bonding and contouring is a more affordable cosmetic dental treatment than fixed restorations (crowns, bridges, or veneers), and are normally put on one quick visit. It does not require the prep work of crowns or veneers, but it is not as strong and usually does not last as long. Dental bonding and contouring are best for minor cosmetic flaws, but if you need bigger improvements, a different restorative or cosmetic treatment may be a better option. At your consultation, Dr. Toms will listen to your needs and concerns and then discuss your best treatment options.
What To Expect with Dental Bonding and Contouring
Bonding and contouring can be usually performed in a single appointment You should not need anesthesia; however, sedation options may be reviewed with Dr. Toms at your consultation if needed. Our staff begins the teeth bonding process by applying a mild etching solution to the surface of the appropriate tooth or teeth. This solution creates tiny crevices in the tooth enamel that will allow the resin to bond materials to the surface of the tooth. Layer by layer, the resin is applied to the tooth, and a high-intensity light is used to cure it onto the tooth. Once complete, the bonding material is sculpted onto the tooth and then polished to create a smooth, shiny finish.
Dental Bonding and Contouring Recovery
After bonding and contouring, it is important to not consume staining food and drinks (such as coffee, tea, and tobacco) for at least 48 hours. The composite bonding material can stain and chip, so do not bite hard objects like ice, hard candy, pens, or your fingernails. Clean your teeth as soon as possible after eating. Bonded teeth need to be cared for like natural teeth with daily brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. Professional dental cleanings at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. can help to polish away stains from the bonding material. With proper care, bonding and contouring may last as long as ten years. At your dental examination, Dr. Toms can help you determine if your bonding and contouring procedure should be done again to refresh your results.
Dental Bonding and Contouring Insurance Coverage
Bonding and contouring is an aesthetic treatment, so it's generally not covered by dental insurance. Our front office can talk to your dental insurance company to double-check if it is covered; however, you will probably need to pay for the cost of the treatment on your own. During your consult with Dr. Toms, we will go over your estimated costs and the payment methods we accept here.
Redefining the surface with Shape
Dental bonding and contouring are a great option if you would like to improve the appearance of your smile without the time and expense of other cosmetic treatments. Learn more about the benefits of cosmetic bonding and contouring during a consult with Dr. Toms in Gainesville, GA. Contact the Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. office to schedule your appointment and get a beautiful and healthy smile.