Are 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:
- A local anesthetic is applied to the necessary area
- 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.
- 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).
- 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!
Do you know the secret to a healthy smile? Good oral hygiene! Excellent oral hygiene habits can help you stay cavity free, while poor habits 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.
Throbbing, unrelenting pain. It's a toothache, and you have to do something right away. Fortunately, Dr. Kimberly Chapman can uncover the 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.
Getting braces can be a difficult decision to make—especially when you’re an adult. You have to make a commitment to living with metal braces for several years. If you prefer to straighten your smile discreetly, learn more about Invisalign. It is a revolutionary orthodontic solution available from Bothell, WA, dentist, Dr. Kimberly Chapman that has helped countless patients realign their teeth.
When Everyone Knows You Have Braces...
There is no mistaking someone who has metal braces—it’s the first thing people usually notice when you meet. The appliance completely changes the way you look when you smile, which can be particularly challenging when you’re older. You also have to change your life around a bit when you have braces, including the types of food you eat and how you brush your teeth. It’s no wonder that many patients who have crowded, crooked, or gapped teeth prefer a more discreet option.
The More Discreet Orthodontic Choice
What if you could get all the benefits of wearing metal braces, without the discomfort? That may be possible when you talk to your Bothell, WA dentist about Invisalign for your orthodontic treatment. With Invisalign, you wear a removable lightweight polyurethane tray instead of having non-removable brackets attached to each of your teeth. For many patients, it is “the clear choice” when you consider the benefits as far as aesthetics and comfort.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign trays slowly move your teeth as you wear them. You must keep them on for at least 20 hours each day as part of the treatment plan. The mold of each prescribed tray is slightly different, causing the teeth to move by conforming to the shape. The process can take as little as six months depending on your particular alignment issues. Just visit the dentist every two weeks to receive your new trays.
Invisalign Can Work for You
Not every patient is an ideal candidate for Invisalign braces, but if you have minor orthodontic challenges there’s a good chance it will work for you. Ask Dr. Kimberly Chapman if she can straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign trays. Call (425) 488-6120 today to schedule a consultation.
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.
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