Dr. Shane Nelson graduated in 1989 from John F. Hodge High School in St. James Missouri.  He received his B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Southwest Missouri State University in 1993.  In 1997, Dr. Nelson graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry obtaining a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree.  After graduating, he worked as an associate dentist until opening a private practice in January 2002.

Dr. Nelson has taken numerous courses in continuing education in the areas of Cosmetic, Biomimetic, Holistic, Laser and Gneuromuscular (GNM) Dentistry.  He is a graduate of Occlusion Connections and The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). From August of 2002 through 2009, Dr. Nelson was invited to become a clinical instructor for the Las Vegas Institute.  While maintaining a private full-time practice in Overland Park Kansas, he traveled to Las Vegas Nevada 4-5 times a year to instruct dentists from around the world.

cosmetic-dentistryMost people have something about their smile that they would like to improve, whether it is the color of their teeth, their bite, the appearance of their gums, or the shape, size, or position of their teeth. At Dentistry by Shane Nelson, patients in the Overland Park, KS area can benefit from a wide array of cosmetic dentistry services so they can feel confident flashing their smile to friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers walking down the street.

Cosmetic dentistry services

Modern aesthetic dentistry is about much more than just straightening teeth. With a comprehensive range of services, patients can transform their smiles, so they truly shine!

  • Teeth whitening can help restore a pearly white luster to teeth that have become yellowed or discolored
  • Teeth contouring is used to reshape teeth into a more aesthetically pleasing shape, such as if a tooth is too long, chipped, or uneven on the bottom
  • Porcelain veneers are an incredibly versatile, customized treatment that can hide a number of imperfections, such as discoloration, mild gaps, or crowded or crooked teeth; ultra-thin pieces of porcelain are hand-crafted to the exact size, color, shape, and proportion that you desire so you can achieve the smile of your dreams
  • Beautiful, natural-looking restorations or tooth replacements made from tooth-colored, biocompatible materials can not only restore your teeth to health, but also improve their appearance so you radiate health and vitality when you smile

Our personalized approach

At Dentistry by Shane Nelson, we know that your smile is an important part of your appearance and take the time to learn about what you like and don’t like about it so that we can recommend the right treatment options for you. Dr. Nelson uses a combination of precision, artistry, and an understanding of nature’s balance and proportions to help shape your new smile. The result is a beautiful smile that  enhances the appearance of your teeth while still reflecting your unique personality.

Q Do you take my dental insurance?

The way our office works with insurance is as follows: We are considered out of network for all insurances. If the procedure requires a larger appointment such as all 1/2 day or all day, prepayment is required to hold this time for you. Otherwise, for shorter appointments, payment is expected at the time of service. We will assist in the process of insurance filing but we are not affiliated with your insurance company. This is a contract between you and them. It is the patients responsibility to follow up with their insurance company. Payment should go directly to you from your insurance company.

Q What are Cavitations?

A cavitation is a hole in the bone, often where a tooth has been removed and the bone has not filled in properly. In the last several years, the term cavitation has been used to describe various bone lesions which appear both as empty holes in the jawbones and holes filled with dead bone and bone marrow(5). Dead, cavitational areas, which produce pain, are now called NICO (Neuralgia Inducing Osteonecrosis) lesions(6). Cavitations are often a result of either ischemic osteonecrosis, due to poor blood flow in the marrow, or a traumatic bone cyst. In his book on oral pathology, Dr. G.V. Black, one of the early experts on cavitations, suggested surgical removal of these dead bone areas. Other less traumatic measures are now first used and surgery with curetting is used primarily where the patient has significant health effects not resolved by other means. When a tooth is being extracted, in what has been normal dental procedure, the surrounding periodontal membrane is usually left behind. Theoretically, when a tooth has been pulled, the body will eventually fill in the space in the bone where the tooth once was. But when the membrane is left behind, an incomplete healing commonly takes place which leaves a hole or a spongy place inside the jaw bone. Experts speculate that perhaps this is because the bone cells on either side sense the presence of the periodontal membrane and “think” that the tooth is still there. This appears to be one common cause of cavitations.

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