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By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
August 08, 2018

What your dentist in Bothell wants you to know

You’ve been told you could benefit from scaling and root planing, but what is it and why is it a good idea? These are excellent questions,scaling and root planing and Dr. Kimberly Chapman in Bothell, WA, wants to answer them. She would like to introduce you to the importance of scaling and root planing and how you and your smile can benefit.

Scaling and root planing are different from a regular dental cleaning. Regular dental cleanings are reserved for people with generally healthy gum tissue and little to no bone loss around their teeth. Scaling and root planing is a specialized treatment for people who are in the early stages of gum and periodontal disease.

Gingivitis is inflammation and infection of your gums. It can be reversed by regular cleanings, brushing several times each day, and daily flossing. If gum disease is allowed to progress, the infection moves on to the bone supporting your teeth. Bone destruction starts around your teeth, and you develop “pockets” surrounding your teeth. You now have periodontal disease.

These pockets are difficult to clean, so they get deeper as the infection and inflammation progress. The deeper they get, the harder they are to clean. Many people are not aware that periodontal disease causes more tooth loss than cavities do! Maintaining your beautiful, healthy smile becomes more and more difficult with deep periodontal pockets. Scaling and root planing by a skilled dental professional can help.

Scaling utilizes hand tools and ultrasonic devices to clean both soft deposits (plaque) and hard deposits (calculus or tartar) from your teeth. Root planing is performed to smooth the root surfaces of your teeth. A rough root surface is the perfect environment for plaque to thrive. By smoothing out the root surface, plaque can’t adhere to the root as easily.

The benefits of scaling and root planing include:

  • Reduction of bleeding when you brush and floss
  • Reduction or elimination of gum pain
  • Restoration of healthy, pink, firm gum tissue
  • A healthy attachment of soft tissue to tooth
  • A smile that is easier for you to keep clean by brushing and flossing

To find out more about scaling and root planing and other periodontal therapy procedures, please visit the Periodontal Therapy page on the website at

Scaling and root planing can help keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Your dentist can help keep your smile looking and feeling great, so pick up the phone and call Dr. Chapman in Bothell, WA, today!

By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
July 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

How a dental crown from your dentist in Bothell can rebuild your smile

If you have a damaged smile due to broken or badly decayed teeth, dental crowns are often the best option to repair and rebuild your dental crownssmile. So, how do you know if you need dental crowns? Dr. Kimberly Chapman in Bothell, WA, wants to help answer that question.

There are a few signs that dental crowns are the choice to make. Dental crowns are used when you have teeth that are:

  • Badly damaged from an accident or injury
  • Badly damaged from severe, deep decay
  • Weakened from large, bulky, old metal fillings
  • Chipped or eroded from aging and dental stress

Dental crowns are also the best choice for teeth that have had a root canal. That’s because during a root canal, the blood supply and nerves are removed, which makes the tooth brittle and more prone to breakage. A dental crown protects the tooth from breaking due to everyday wear-and-tear.

So what makes a dental crown the best choice? A dental crown actually strengthens your tooth by holding the tooth together. The crown covers the entire surface of your tooth above the gumline, creating one solid surface. Think of it like a suit of armor for your tooth! When you bite down on a dental crown, the biting stress is spread out evenly over the entire tooth, protecting it from breakage.

Modern dental crown materials are very strong, and also cosmetically beautiful. You can choose from:

  • Full porcelain, which is the most cosmetically beautiful, natural-looking crown material which matches your other teeth,
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal, which has a strong metal underlay and beautiful porcelain outer shell which also matches your other teeth,
  • Full gold, which is best for back teeth not showing,. These may be severely shortened due to being worn down, and have inadequate space for porcelain. Full gold crowns will never chip or crack, as the gold is malleable and can deform slightly under high forces.

If you are wondering if dental crowns are right for you, it’s time to consult with an expert. It’s time to call Dr. Chapman in Bothell, WA, voted one of Seattle’s top dentists in 2018, for the 11th year in a row! Get started rebuilding your smile with dental crowns by calling today!

By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
June 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantsAre you in need of a dental implant?

Dental implants are a procedure that can restore your smile by integrating into your jawbone. Your dentist in Bothell, WA, Dr. Kimberly Chapman, is here to help and advise you!

What's a dental implant?

If you're suffering from tooth loss, it's vital to deal with this problem as soon as possible. Tooth loss may lead to serious issues like bone deterioration, teeth drifting and shifting, and your bite changing. When people are missing teeth, their face does not have the support it needs, which prematurely ages their appearance. Missing teeth also causes your chewing efficiency to be compromised and results in uneven forces being placed on other teeth, which can make them more likely to crack or fracture.

The dental implant procedure consists of the following:

  1. A local anesthetic is applied to the necessary area
  2. Your doctor inserts a titanium post (a biocompatible material that isn't rejected by the body's tissue) in your jawbone. This is like a very small screw.
  3. The doctor surgically closes the area and allows it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months, while the process of osseointegration takes its full course (osseointegration is when the bone grows around the implant and locks it into your jawbone).
  4. When you return 3 to 6 months later, your Bothell dentist will re-open an area about the size of a match head, insert an abutment, and place a crown over the abutment that matches the rest of your teeth.

Advantages of Dental Implants:

  • Implants have a high success rate. You will never get a cavity on an implant.
  • Dental implants look natural and can give you a beautiful smile.
  • They don't slip out of place like dentures, which makes them comfortable and practical.
  • They are used to fill a single gap in your teeth, a few gaps, or all of your teeth.
  • You won't have to worry about being able to bite into and chew your favorite foods.
  • They can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
  • They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink.

If you have questions or concerns, Dr. Kimberly Chapman can help you out. Call her office, located in Bothell, WA, at (425) 488-6120 to make an appoint today!

By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
May 15, 2018
Tags: oral hygiene  

Do you know the secret to a healthy smile? Good oral hygiene! Excellent oral hygiene habits can help you stay cavity free, while poor oral hygienehabits may increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Your Bothell, WA, dentist Dr. Kimberly Chapman discusses a few ways you can improve your oral hygiene.

Devote more time to brushing

Plaque coats every surface of your teeth with a sticky bacterial film that causes cavities. Fortunately, it's easy to remove plaque simply by brushing your teeth. Speedy brushing is likely to leave some plaque behind on your teeth. The longer the plaque remains on your teeth, the greater the chance it will harden into tartar. Tartar is like white concrete. Tartar irritates the gums and may even cause gum disease if it remains on your teeth long enough.

Increasing the amount of time you brush in the morning and evening will ensure that you remove every speck of plaque. If you spend less than two minutes brushing your teeth, you may be more likely to get some bad news at your next checkup!

Make flossing a daily habit

Do you remember the last time you flossed your teeth? If you don't, you're not alone. Far too many people only floss occasionally, or never. Because plaque builds up between teeth every day, an occasional flossing habit won't do much to protect your smile. If you're a forgetful flosser, add a daily reminder to your phone or place a sticky note on the bathroom mirror. Keep the floss out on top of the bathroom counter, instead of in the drawer or cabinet. Out of sight, out of mind!

Don't forget about the little things

The way you brush and floss is just as important as frequency. Brushing too hard can erode your tooth enamel and damage the gums, while overly vigorous flossing may damage your gums. Choose a brush with soft or EXTRA soft bristles and gently brush each tooth using small circular motions, holding the brush at a 45-degree angle. Flossing only requires a gentle up and down movement to dislodge plaque. Sonic toothbrushes are held over each tooth lightly, and held the way you would hold a pencil - not held in the palm of your hand. Don't scrub! Small circular motions.

Brushing your tongue and the roof of your mouth every time you brush your teeth can also help you avoid cavities. Bacteria lurk in these areas and can transfer to your teeth the minute you spit out the toothpaste. If using a toothbrush to brush your tongue is too uncomfortable, try a tongue scraper the next time you visit a Bothell drugstore. Scraping the tongue gently will remove many odor-causing bacteria.

Keep your smile healthy with good oral hygiene habits at home, and regular dental checkups in our office. Call Bothell, WA, dentist Dr. Kimberly Chapman at (425) 488-6120 to schedule an appointment, and we look forward to speaking with you.

By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
March 26, 2018

Throbbing, unrelenting pain. It's a toothache, and you have to do something right away. Fortunately, Dr. Kimberly Chapman can uncover toothachethe reason for your uncomfortable symptoms and restore your oral health. Keep reading to learn about how Dr. Chapman can help relieve your toothache.

Symptoms of a toothache

A toothache may not just hurt, it can often throb. Throbbing is when you feel pain that comes and goes at the same time as your heartbeat. A toothache will become worse especially in response to heat, cold, or the pressures of biting and chewing. Additionally, you may experience jaw and gum swelling near the affected tooth.

Reasons for a toothache

Decay is a common reason--that is, a cavity that is so deep that it invades the highly innervated interior of your tooth. This is called the 'pulp', and this soft tissue, with connective tissue and blood vessels, may become infected, or abscessed in response to the bacteria from the deep cavity.

In addition, you may suffer from a toothache because of oral trauma. In other words, you sustained a blow to the mouth, fracturing a tooth or displacing it to one side. Either situation is a painful dental emergency and you should be seen as soon as possible by your general dentist, Dr. Kimberly Chapman.

Finally, some people develop toothaches because of poor bite. Their teeth do not line up or close together properly, so over time, their teeth--and sometimes, jaws, ears, and face--start to hurt. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD, can be one of these bite-related oral health issues.

Treating a toothache

Your family dentist in Bothell, Dr. Kimberly Chapman urges you to call the office as soon as possible when you notice any kind of toothache pain. The sooner the problem is treated, the sooner you will feel better and have your best opportunity to save a tooth. Toothaches and pains should NEVER be ignored.

When you arrive, Dr. Chapman will perform a complete examination, inspecting the tooth and surrounding gums. Also, she will X-ray the area, looking for decay, abscess, and signs of fracture. From there, she'll tell you the best course of treatment.

Sometimes dental extraction is unavoidable. However, Dr. Chapman will do everything possible to relieve your pain and other symptoms and save your tooth. Common restorative treatments include:

  • Tooth-colored fillings for seamless and durable cavity repair
  • Dental crowns to protect and support remaining healthy tooth structure
  • Root canal therapy to remove infected pulp and restore with a filling or crown

Coming to Dr. Chapman at least every six months for your oral examination and hygienic cleaning help patients of all ages avoid big oral health issues. If a problem is developing, Dr. Chapman can detect it and treat it before it becomes painful, complex, and expensive.

So, if you need help for a toothache or just need routine preventive care, call Dr. Chapman's office staff in Bothell, WA, for an appointment, Likewise, if you have any questions about family dentistry, she and her friendly staff are happy to help you achieve your very best smile. Call (425) 488-6120.


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