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By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownThe dental crown is a mainstay of modern dentistry. Completely restoring a damaged or misshapen tooth, a crown (or "cap"), can breathe new life into a smile, preventing extraction and improving the appearance above the gum line. Plus, today's dental crowns can look totally natural, being made from durable porcelain that is custom matched to your surrounding teeth. In Bothell, WA Dr. Kimberly Chapman recommends these wonderful restorations for many dental issues. Learn here if crowns may be right for you.

Why a crown?

You may receive a dental crown to counter a variety of oral health problems. One of the most common is extensive dental decay, or to protect a tooth after a root canal procedure.

A perfectly-shaped crown covers the remaining healthy portions that are above the gum line, blends in with neighboring teeth, and allows a patient to look, eat, and speak normally. In fact, modern porcelain crowns can even have color variations placed in them, just as natural teeth do.

Placing a crown

In addition, Dr. Chapman advises crown placement if you need root canal therapy (which removes diseased pulp and seals the tooth) or if you receive a dental implant. This extraordinary tooth replacement features a porcelain crown as its lifelike finishing touch.

After a complete oral exam and X-rays, Dr. Chapman will confirm that a crown is appropriate. Sometimes just a filling is needed, but if it is a crown that you need, Dr. Chapman excels at placing these. Expect a local anesthetic to make you and your tooth comfortable as the dentist removes the damaged enamel and shapes the tooth.

Additionally, Dr. Chapman takes precise oral impressions--negative imprints of the tooth. These are sent to a modern dental laboratory where a highly-skilled technician crafts crowns from either full porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or full gold depending on where the crown will be placed and what you have chosen.

At your next appointment, your dentist places the crown with a permanent cement. This cement keeps the crown in place, and helps the crown to flex when you bite and chew, avoiding crown fracture.

Also, Dr. Chapman will tell you how to care for your crown: good flossing and brushing extend crown life and appearance as do professional cleanings and check-ups at your dental office. If you grind or clench your teeth, she may advise wearing a night-time bite guard.

Learn more

If you are concerned about the condition and longevity of a tooth, ask Dr. Chapman about a crown. You'll be pleased with her expertise and compassionate manner. She'll answer your questions and help you make a decision on the best treatment for your tooth. Call the office team today for an appointment: (425) 488-6120.

By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
November 06, 2018

Find out how to properly care for your gums to prevent gum disease.

Woman FlossingWhen our Bothell, WA, family dentist, Dr. Kimberly Chapman, mentions the word “periodontal,” she is referring to the health of your gums. While most people pay close attention to how they are caring for their teeth, not as many people consider what they are doing to keep their gums healthy. Isn’t it time you did? To prevent gum disease, receding gums, and other problems, it is important that you know how to care for your gums.

Periodontal Health

Gum disease is more prevalent than you might think. In fact, the CDC reports that as many as half of all American adults have some degree of gum disease. Gum disease, like heart disease, is silent and mostly asymtpomatic until it is very severe. Gum disease doesn’t just cause infected, inflamed, and receding gums, it is also the leading cause of tooth loss. Fortunately, gum disease can be prevented or greatly diminished when the proper oral care measures are put in place both at home and in our professional practice.  Some habits to adopt for healthy gums include:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing daily (very important!)
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Limiting sugars, carbohydrates, and starches
  • Drinking enough water
  • Not smoking or using chewing tobacco
  • Visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings, or more if they are recommended for you.

These are the top habits to adopt if you want to keep gums healthy. Of course, if you are dealing with warning signs of gum disease such as bleeding gums when you brush or floss, it’s important to schedule an appointment with our Bothell, WA, family dentist as soon as possible. Some warning signs of gum disease include:

  • A receding gum line (teeth appear longer than usual)
  • Bleeding gums - if your hands bled in the sink every time you washed them, would you think that is healthy? It isn't healthy for gums to bleed either!
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling or inflamed gums
  • Chronic bad breath

Dealing with any of these issues? Then it’s best to play it safe and visit your dentist for a quick checkup to make sure that you aren’t dealing with gum disease. The good news is that if gum disease is caught early enough, it can be treated effectively.

Your Gum Health is Important to Your Overall Health

Not only do your gums influence the health of your teeth, but they affect your overall health. In fact, those with gum disease are actually at a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, strokes, chronic respiratory disease, and other long-term and potentially serious health problems.

Are you noticing bleeding or gum tenderness when brushing or flossing? Do you need to schedule your next dental cleaning? Whatever the case might be, call Bothell family dentist, Dr. Kimberly Chapman, today to get the care you need for a healthier smile! (425) 488-6120.

By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
October 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Family Dentist Dr. Kimberly A. Chapman is Ready To Improve Your Smile as Soon as You Are!

Dental Bonding TreatmentHaving a great looking smile is important. The question is, do you feel that you have a great looking smile or do you think it could use a little help and care? If you have small defects in your teeth like chips, cracks, or other signs of damage, you should consider dental bonding! Read below to learn how bonding can help your smile, and call family dentist Dr. Kimberly Chapman of Bothell, Washington if you are interested in undergoing the procedure.

What Is Bonding?

Bonding uses a material known as composite liquid resin. Composite can be matched to the color of your teeth, allowing a virtually invisible tooth restoration. Since it starts out as a liquid, it can also be sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth, blending seamlessly with your smile. After the liquid composite is applied to your teeth, it’s hardened with an ultraviolet light. The result is a strong, virtually invisible restorative treatment.

Bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry service chosen by many people to enhance their smiles. The procedure has many advantages including:

  • Ease of Treatment: Many procedures don’t require any anesthetic
  • Quick Results: Most procedures can be completed in one appointment
  • Natural Appearance: The composite is matched to your unique smile

If you want to change the color, shape, and other issues with your teeth, bonding can help. Bonding can give you the smile you deserve by restoring your teeth and renewing your smile. Consider bonding to fix problems such as:

  • Excessive wear and erosion due to aging
  • Chipping and cracking due to bad habits
  • Fracture lines and breaks due to trauma
  • Discolorations and blotches due to medications
  • Slight tooth overlap and tooth rotation
  • Small gaps and uneven spaces between teeth

Interested? Call Our Bothell Office Today!

If your smile is suffering from aesthetic issues, it’s time to remake your smile with bonding. A great smile can give you back your self-esteem and self-confidence, and bonding can achieve this quickly and easily. To find out more about how bonding can help your smile, call family dentist Dr. Kimberly Chapman in Bothell, Washington today at (425) 488-6120.

By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
September 18, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: invisalign   braces   Clear Braces  

Invisalign offers a much more discreet way to straighten your teeth than traditional braces. Thanks to the system's innovative technology, it's easier than ever to improve your smile. Bothell, WA, family dentist Dr. Kimberly Chapman helps her patients straighten their teeth and Invisalign Bracescorrect orthodontic issues with Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

When you wear traditional braces, your braces are usually the first thing people notice about your smile. Invisalign eliminates the need for wires and brackets and uses clear, removable aligner trays to re-position your teeth instead. The trays are constructed with a comfortable, flexible plastic material created just for Invisalign. Thanks to the thin, transparent plastic used to produce them, Invisalign trays are practically invisible.

How does Invisalign correct orthodontic issues?

Your Bothell family dentist develops a treatment plan for you using a 3D image of your mouth that she creates by combining digital impressions, X-rays and images. Once the plan is finalized, a series of trays are produced for you. The trays exert constant, gentle pressure on your teeth, which gradually realigns them. Each tray in the series is designed to achieve a particular straightening goal. You'll wear the trays for approximately 22 hours per day and will usually wear a set for two weeks before replacing it with a new set.

Is Invisalign right for me?

Invisalign is a good choice if you:

  • Don't Like the Way Your Teeth Look: Invisalign treatment straightens crooked teeth and also improves the position of teeth that have drifted slightly over the years.
  • Have a Mild to Moderate Bite Problem: Overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites can be effectively treated with Invisalign. Severe bite problems or complicated issues may require treatment with metal braces.
  • Want a Convenient Orthodontic Option: If you don't like the idea of removing hard or sticky foods from your diet during your treatment or following a complicated oral hygiene routine, Invisalign may just be the perfect option for you. You'll take your aligners out before eating or brushing your teeth and won't need to make any changes to your usual hygiene regimen. You can also remove your trays for a few hours if you have special plans for the evening or will be playing your favorite sport.

Improve your smile with Invisalign! Call Bothell, WA, family dentist Dr. Kimberly Chapman at (425) 488-6120 to schedule an appointment.

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!

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