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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

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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!

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!

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