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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.

 

By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
March 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Getting braces can be a difficult decision to make—especially when you’re an adult. You have to make a commitment to living with metalinvisalign 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.

By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
February 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Find out more about root canal treatment and when it’s necessary.root canal

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.

By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
January 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

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,dental emergency 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.

By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
November 21, 2017
Tags: family dentist  

Life isn’t always simple. Between exhaustive calendars filled with your child’s school and after-school activities, as well as your work and family dentistpersonal 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. 

Prevention

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

Restoration

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
  • Dentures
  • 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.

Cosmetics

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.





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