Find out more about root canal treatment and when it’s necessary.
Are you currently dealing with a toothache? If so, you may be wondering what’s going on. Our Bothell, WA, dentist, Dr. Kimberly Chapman, is here to provide you with the answers you’re looking for to determine whether or not you will need root canal therapy.
We know that not everyone experiences the same symptoms (or symptoms at all), but it’s important to come into our office right away if you notice any of these warning signs:
Toothache: Dental pain can manifest itself in different ways; however a toothache is a definite warning sign that something is wrong. Everything from severe and persistent pain to minor, intermittent discomfort should be addressed right away. You may also notice that the pain gets worse when chewing or biting down on the tooth.
Sensitivity: Have you suddenly noticed that whenever you take a sip of an ice-cold beverage or enjoy a steaming hot soup that the affected tooth is more sensitive to these hot or cold items? The sensitivity may feel like a zinging or zapping that remains long after coming in contact with the food or drink.
While these are the two most common symptoms that could mean that a root canal is on the horizon, you may also notice these other symptoms too:
- Gum swelling and tenderness around the tooth
- Tooth discoloration or darkening
- A bump or growth on the gums near the affected tooth
Don’t ignore your dental symptoms. The sooner you seek treatment the better, and our Bothell general dentist can provide you with the immediate dental care you need.
Why do I need a root canal?
Reasons for needing root canal therapy include decay, infection and trauma. The dental pulp inside the tooth is made up of nerves and blood vessels. The pulp can become infected or inflamed by direct trauma, decay or bacteria, and when this happens the problem cannot be reversed; the only option is to remove the pulp in order to preserve the tooth.
Call our Bothell, WA, dental office immediately if you are suffering from a toothache or other problems. We can provide you with the urgent dental care you need.
It’s important to know how to best treat an urgent dental matter when it arises.
While no one wants to think about dealing with dental emergencies, they come unexpectedly - finding an olive pit in a nice restaurant, breaking a tooth on a kernel of unpopped popcorn, or catching that tie-breaking grounder in a softball game with your face).
It’s always better to be prepared if this happens to you or someone you love. Our Bothell, WA, dentist, Dr. Kimberly Chapman, is here to tell you about what problems actually require immediate dental care by a professional, and the best ways to ease symptoms before getting in to a dental office.
ANYTHING breaking, whether or not it is painful, should never be ignored or brushed off because it’s amazing how quickly these problems can end up affecting the rest of your smile. While you might just want to shrug the symptom off and assume it will go away on its own, this is a bad idea. A broken tooth may be a sign of underlying decay, and decay is usually symptomless until it is too late. Even if there is no decay now, a break in the enamel will allow bacteria inside the tooth and create a cavity.
A toothache could mean an array of problems such as a cavity, dental injury (e.g. fracture; crack), infection, or something more serious like a tumor. These problems won’t go away by themselves, so the sooner you turn to our Bothell emergency dentist the better.
The most important thing you can do is to try and save as many of the broken pieces as possible and then carefully rinse them off with warm water. If you have swelling or discomfort, you can apply a cold compress to your face to ease symptoms before coming into the office, and take an ibuprofen. Do not take an aspirin, as it will thin your blood and can complicate treatment. Tylenol will not help with swelling or inflammation either, so it will have very little benefit.
If you have a partially dislodged tooth (luxated tooth):
You need to visit us right away so that we can move the tooth back into the proper position. Do not go to an emergency room for this. Physicians receive very little training on teeth, and despite their best intentions and efforts they will not be able to correct this. If you have other serious conditions that require the emergency room visit, call our office while you are in the E.R. and then come to Dr. Chapman when you are finished in the E.R. A partially dislodged tooth may also require root canal therapy and a dental crown. In the meantime, taking an anti-inflammatory pain reliever such as ibuprofen or applying a cold compress to the side of the face where the affected tooth is can help ease discomfort.
A completely knocked-out tooth (avulsed tooth):
Handle the tooth only by the crown (never the roots). If there is dirt on the tooth, have the victim suck the dirt off their own tooth, and then try to place the tooth back in the socket but never force the tooth. It will be painful, but time is of the essence here. There are cells which are living for a few minutes that will die, and this will increase the chances of the tooth not being able to re-integrate. If that doesn’t work hold the tooth between your cheek and gum and immediately contact our office.
A dental crown that has fallen off
If a crown comes off you need to come into our office right away (don’t forget to bring the crown with you). If you can, try to place the crown over the tooth to protect it. First, apply either vaseline or a dental adhesive (which you can get over-the-counter - DenTemp is a good brand) to the tooth and then place the crown back on so that it stays in place until you can make it into our office.
It’s important to have an emergency dental team in Bothell, WA, who can provide you with the necessary care your smile needs to stay healthy. If you are dealing with a dental emergency call us right away and we’ll make sure you get the treatment you need immediately.
Life isn’t always simple. Between exhaustive calendars filled with your child’s school and after-school activities, as well as your work and personal life obligations (not to mention the constant laundry list of errands and household chores to accomplish), we know that your days can feel pretty hectic. It can be challenging to schedule all the necessary things your family needs; however, don’t let your family’s oral health fall by the wayside. Healthy teeth and gums are important and our Bothell, WA, family dentist, Dr. Kimberly Chapman, is here to explain why choosing us may just be a major benefit to your family’s crazy schedule. Dr. Chapman and her team offer a wide range of services perfect for the whole family--from children to adults in their senior years. There's no need to go all over town to receive preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental services.
It starts as a child gets his or her first tooth. Mom and dad help brush and floss and bring the little one to Dr. Chapman for a "get acquainted" visit. As that child grows, he or she gets oral check-ups and cleanings, including bite checks, inspection for decay and gum disease. Plastic sealants and fluoride treatments prevent tooth decay and dental sensitivity. By coming in every six months we can continue to monitor developmental milestones and their oral health to pinpoint issues as soon as possible.
With Dr. Chapman, you can trust that your child gets kind, compassionate care. Her office in Bothell also features:
- Low radiation, digital X-rays
- Intraoral cameras to detect hidden decay
- Cavity risk detection (microscopic analysis of oral bacteria)
- Oral cancer assessment from teen years on up
Your family dentist maintains a high level of skill so when she does encounter a problem. She can treat it in a minimally-invasive way. She offers:
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Root canal therapy
- Dental crowns and bridgework
- Dental implants
- Gum disease therapy
- Night guards to protect against tooth grinding (bruxism)
Additionally, Dr. Chapman is well aware that dental health impacts overall health. So she teaches all her patients the importance of routine oral hygiene at home and at the office.
Your family's smiles are valuable personal assets. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that a smile is noticed first before any other physical feature. Dr. Chapman enhances her patients' appearance with aesthetic treatments tailored just for them. They include:
- Professional teeth whitening to remove years of stains
- Porcelain veneers to cover flaws such as chips and gaps
- Invisalign clear aligners, the invisible way to straighten crooked smiles
- Composite resin bonding for seamless repair of cracks, chips, pits, spaces and more
A personal smile analysis tells the patient what treatments make sense for his or her smile width, facial features, age, and gender.
We'd love to see your family
Whether you have questions about the services we offer or it’s time to schedule an appointment with us, don’t hesitate to turn to our family dental team to meet all of your family’s needs. We want to make getting quality oral care easy for your whole family. Dr. Chapman and her staff work hard to establish long-term relationships with families. It's what they are trained to do, and they love it as well. Contact your family dentist in Bothell, WA, Dr. Kimberly Chapman, today. Call (425) 488-6120.
Would you like your dental fillings to look more natural, instead of black, brown or gray? Would you like them to be both durable and stain resistant? Cosmetic bonding and tooth-colored fillings will fulfill those goals.
Dr. Kimberly Chapman, your Bothell, WA family dentist, uses both porcelain veneers and tooth-colored composite resin fillings to restore smiles which have decay and aesthetic flaws such as chips, cracks, and gaps. Read the details below on these popular services to decide if they are right for your smile.
Tooth-Colored Composite Resin Bonding
Composite resin bonding involves a blend of glass particles and high-density acrylic that's tooth-colored and sculptable. When cured with a special light and then polished, composite resin fills areas of decay, erases hairline cracks, smooths mild overcrowding, fills small gaps, reduces dental sensitivity and can add a measure of strength to basically healthy teeth.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry calls cosmetic bonding an "additive process." What does this mean? Well, when your Bothell family dentist finishes gently preparing your tooth, she adds composite resin to the target areas, building them up and correcting their shape. Layer by layer, she applies and hardens the material, and when finished, the tooth receives a final shaping and polishing. Dr. Kimberly Chapman then checks your bite to make sure the new filling fits with your other teeth and your bite.
Composite resins usually last somewhere around three to five years. While they are not as stain resistant as porcelain veneers, they do retain their natural-looking beauty when patients brush, floss and get six-month check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Chapman.
Tooth-colored fillings vs. Metal Fillings
While the American Dental Association says conventional metal fillings are safe and strong, tooth-colored fillings render improved aesthetics and reliably strong restorations for small to medium-sized cavities. Made from composite resin, porcelain (for inlays and onlays, or partial crowns) or glass ionomer (a mixture of fluoride and glass), tooth-colored fillings bond directly to healthy tooth structure. Composite resin is the most frequently chosen material.
Metal amalgam fillings start to make the tooth turn black, brown or gray over time. Because metals expand and contract more with temperatures than your natural tooth does, over time teeth with large metal fillings will have cracks in them from the filling wedging them apart. The composite resin fillings expand and contract at a rate that is more similar to your natural tooth, compared to metals.
Besides their obvious aesthetic benefits, tooth-colored fillings feature excellent durability. Also, they are actually flexible, giving and taking with the pressures of biting and chewing. As a result, the tooth enamel winds up having fewer cracks and chips than if it had been restored with metal amalgam.
As outlined earlier, to place a composite resin restoration, Dr. Chapman numbs the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. When the patient is comfortable, she removes the decayed enamel and any old filling material. Then she applies the composite resin, layering it into the prepared site and hardening it. When complete, the dentist gives the tooth a final shaping and polishing, and she checks the bite.
Just like cosmetic bonding, your white filling resembles real tooth enamel. Plus, you can expect it to last for years with proper care.
You can have a strong, attractive smile, and cosmetic bonding and tooth-colored fillings can help. If you suspect you have a cavity, or have smiule flaws which you would like to correct, please call Dr. Chapman in Bothell, WA for an appointment at (425) 488-6120.
We know you'll love the results!
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can offer you both security and comfort as a permanent replacement. Implants look and function like natural teeth, and help preserve tooth-supporting bones in the jaw that deteriorate when a tooth is lost.
Our family dentist in Bothell, WA, Dr. Kimberly Chapman, can examine each patient and determine whether they are a good candidate for dental implants.
About Dental Implants
Implants are made of biocompatible titanium and surgically placed into the jawbone. They are the strongest, most natural-looking and natural-functioning artificial teeth available, and they will never be lost due to decay.
A typical dental implant has 3 parts:
- a screw-like titanium device which is placed into the empty tooth socket,
- a metal alloy abutment or extension post that is screwed into the titanium implant, and
- a porcelain crown that sits on top of the abutment.
The titanium implant is placed during a simple, in-office procedure into good quality bone. After some weeks or months of healing, the jawbone and implant fully join together through a natural process scientists call osseointegration. Osseointegration anchors the dental implant, making it feel and act like a real tooth.
During a subsequent visit, your Bothell family dentist screws the metal abutment to the implant, then may either bond or screw the custom-fabricated porcelain crown to the abutment. The patient brushes and flosses the artificial tooth just as they would a real tooth. In fact, good oral hygiene keeps the implant free from plaque and tartar. Plaque and tartar can threaten implant retention by causing loss of bone, just as poor oral hygiene creates gum disease with natural teeth.
Implants are Versatile
Implants can replace one tooth or even multiple teeth lost to decay, gum disease or oral injury. Versatile and lifelike, these prosthetics also support partial or full dentures that can be fixed or removable. Unlike traditional bridgework, implants are not supported by neighboring teeth. Also, implant-supported devices provide unparalleled chewing and smile aesthetics. The jaw bone actually strengthens in density and size the longer an implant is in place!
In terms of oral hygiene, dental implants should be cared for the same way as natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing 2-3 times a day. Excessive biting or tooth grinding can lead to the implant failing due to metal strain and metal shearing of the abutment or screw, so a night guard may need to be worn.
To learn more about dental implants and if you’re a viable candidate, contact our Bothell, WA family dentist, Dr. Kimberly Chapman. Call (425) 488-6120 to schedule an appointment today.
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