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.
Don’t let decay or damage ruin your smile. This simple restoration can help.
If you don’t come in for routine cleanings and exams like you should then our Bothell, WA, family dentist Dr. Kimberly Chapman won’t be able to catch decay or damage in its earliest stages when it’s much easier to treat. As a result, decay or an infection will continue to spread into the inside of the tooth, affecting the dental pulp. When this happens a root canal is performed to remove the pulp and clean out the tooth. It’s also customary to place a crown over the tooth after this treatment to provide a stronger outer structure to prevent further damage.
Of course, while this might be the only reason you know why people get dental crowns, these restorations are actually far more versatile and can be used for multiple reasons. If you have a tooth that is cracked or chipped then our Bothell, WA, dentist may recommend a dental crown to place over the tooth to not only improve its appearance but also protect and strengthen it, as well.
A dental crown may also be a great option for someone who is just looking to alter the look, shape, length or color of a tooth. Sometimes discolorations, defects and other issues can greatly impact the appearance of a tooth, so a dental crown is used to improve the overall look and aesthetics of your smile.
Dental crowns can be made out of different materials; however, they are often made from tooth-colored materials like porcelain or ceramic, which tend to be the most popular because they closely resemble real teeth. Porcelain fused to metal crowns are often recommended for back teeth, as this material is a bit stronger than porcelain crowns and can better withstand the jaw’s heavy chewing forces. Of course, teeth that are visible when you smile will most likely get a tooth-colored crown so that it blends in with the rest of your smile.
If you are wondering whether or not your smile could benefit from getting a dental crown then it’s time you called our Bothell, WA, dental office to schedule your consultation. Let’s find out what restorative dentistry procedure is right for you.
Find out how your daily dental routine along with professional dental cleanings can help you maintain good oral health.
Benjamin Franklin once said that, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Our Bothell, WA, family dentist, Dr. Kimberly Chapman, believes wholeheartedly that preventing dental problems is far better than having to treat issues in the future (and not to mention, it is far less expensive!)
Here’s what preventive dentistry entails and why it’s so important:
- Brushing at least twice a day, and most importantly after the last food is eaten before bedtime,
- Flossing once a day, with dental floss and not just floss picks,
- Dental sealants for teeth with deep grooves,
- Fluoride for people who are at increased risk for decay,
- Visiting your dentist regularly - studies show people who have regular preventive care wind up needing less dental treatment in their lifetimes
- Eating a healthy diet - A diet low in carbohydrates is associated with far fewer cavities. This includes minimizing your intake of breads, pastas, rice, chips, crackers, etc. It is not just candies, sodas and sweets that contribute to decay!
Want to remove plaque and food from your teeth and gumline? The easiest way to do this is by brushing. You should be brushing at least twice a day. If your toothbrush doesn’t offer an automatic timer, set a timer for two minutes to make sure you are brushing long enough. Most songs on the radio last about 2 minutes, so this can be a good timer as well.
Even though brushing cleans many of the tooth’s surfaces, it does NOT get in between teeth. Up to 40% of the surface areas of a tooth is not reached with a toothbrush. This is why flossing should always be part of your oral routine. The good news is that most people only have to floss once a day to keep teeth and gums healthy and clean. People with moderate to severe gum disease may need to floss twice a day, depending on the recommendations of their dentist.
When you come in for your routine cleanings, our Bothell dentist will determine whether or not your smile could benefit from preventive sealants. Children, teens, and at-risk adults benefit from dental sealants, which can seal out plaque, bacteria and food from molars to prevent cavities. Why wait until there is a cavity, when you can prevent one? Again, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
While daily at-home care is important, nothing replaces visiting us every six months. Professional cleanings are able to remove decay, plaque and tartar that patients cannot access by themselves. Exams with Dr. Kimberly Chapman will reveal early signs of decay, gum disease or infection, and x-rays can pinpoint potential problems that we may not be able to see through a physical exam alone.
What you eat also impacts your oral health. A good rule of thumb: If the foods you consume are healthy and nourishing for your body they will most likely be beneficial for your smile. Stay away from carbs, sugars (both simple sugars and processed sugars), and instead load up on whole grains, lean sources of protein, healthy fats, and fruits, nuts, and vegetables.
* * Remember : a human tooth submerged in a glass of almost any carbonated soft drink will dissolve into nothing within 24-48 hours! Dr. Chapman recommends limiting your carbonated beverage intake to 2-3 beverages per week or less. Plain water (with cucumber or mint for those who need some flavor) is the best option for good oral health, and total body health. * *
The list above is a good reminder that even those who brush and floss regularly and maintain good oral hygiene on their own still need to visit our Bothell, WA, general dentist Dr. Kimberly Chapman to make sure that there are no issues. Most dental disease is silent, and by the time people feel symptoms it may be too late.
Let us help you get that ounce of prevention!
Are you looking for a way to straighten and improve your smile? Dr. Kimberly A. Chapman, your family dentist in Bothell, Washington offers Invisalign, an innovative orthodontic treatment that can help you straighten your teeth with minimal to no discomfort.
How does Invisalign work?
Traditional braces use a system of wires and brackets to move teeth. Tightening the wires periodically helps align and straighten teeth, but the process can be a little painful. There are no wires and brackets with Invisalign. Clear plastic aligners gradually move teeth instead. Your Bothell dentist designs a series of aligner trays for you using a 3-D image created by combining images, X-rays and impressions of your mouth. Every two weeks, you'll begin wearing a new set of aligners.
Invisalign is a more comfortable option
Your Invisalign aligners are made of soft, comfortable plastic. Since they're custom-made for your mouth, they won't irritate your sensitive gums or mouth.
Invisalign is a virtually unnoticeable option
Appearance is one the chief concerns when people consider traditional braces. Once you receive your braces, they can stay on your teeth for up to two years or more. They're obvious in photographs and make enjoying dinner at special events a little challenging, depending on the menu. Because Invisalign aligners are clear, most people won't even notice that you're wearing them. If you're attending a special event, you can even remove them for a few hours without a problem.
A variety of foods must be avoided if you wear traditional braces, such as hard fruits and vegetables, corn on the cob, spare ribs, and other foods that that can damage wires. Sticky candy and gum can become caught in braces and must be avoided. It takes a tremendous amount of willpower to stay away from your favorite foods, even if you know that they can damage your braces. When you wear Invisalign aligners, you'll remove your trays to eat and won't have to avoid ANY foods!
Homecare brushing and flossing also needs to be done differently to adequately clean around brackets and wires. You cannot floss between teeth without the aid of certain floss threaders when you have wires. With Invisalign, you simply brush and floss normally once you have easily removed your aligners.
Straightening your teeth doesn't have to be painful and awkward. Find out if Invisalign is a good option for you by calling Dr. Kimberly A. Chapman in Bothell, Washington. We are waiting to help you, so please call (425) 488-6120 to schedule an appointment.
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