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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 cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistryresistant? 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!

By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
August 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can offer you both security and comfort as a permanent replacement. Implants look dental implantsand 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.

By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
November 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

All is not lost if you are dealing with tooth loss. Find out how you can restore your smile with dental implants.

Just because you are dealing with a missing tooth doesn’t mean that you have to give up on having a great smile. While it can feel ratherdental implants defeating or embarrassing to have one or more gaps in your smile, know that our Bothell, Washington dentist Dr. Kimberly A. Chapman is here to help. Find out how a dental implant can replace your missing tooth for good.

Whether you are someone who just needs to replace a single missing tooth or you are unhappy with how your dentures fit, dental implants might be the best option for you. Made from durable titanium, implants are small post-like screws that naturally integrate into the jawbone in order to replace the missing tooth’s roots. Without the constant stimulation that a tooth provides, the jawbone begins to deteriorate, affecting your facial structure, your bite, and even how you chew or speak. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that actually prevent jawbone deterioration by stimulating the bone beneath them.

Once the implant is anchored into the jawbone (a natural process called osseointegration), our Bothell, Washington dentist can now place an abutment on top of the implant. An abutment is made from either porcelain or metal and is designed to attach the implant, which lies under the gums, with the visible dental crown or other dental restoration (e.g. dentures). Implants are versatile because they can either replace just a single missing tooth or all of your teeth by supporting dentures.

While dental implants offer a lot of advantages that other tooth loss treatments don’t, this treatment may not be right for everyone. Dental implants are ideal for people who maintain good oral health, who are in good health, as well as those who have strong underlying bone in their jaw.

Dr. Kimberly A. Chapman is here to provide you with all the dental care and treatments you need to get your smile looking and feeling its best. If you want to learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you, then please call our Bothell, Washington dental office today at (425) 488 6120. We look forward to speaking with you!

By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
August 30, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How your dentist in Bothell, Washington can help your smile

Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body, but it can still be damaged from wear-and-tear or decay. As we all age, our fillingsteeth may begin to look worn down, cracked or chipped. You may even have broken a tooth and had it repaired with silver metal fillings. While these types of fillings solve some problems, they can also create others.

Silver (amalgam) fillings are metal, and metals expand and contract with temperatures more than tooth structure does. Over time, this can promote cracking of the tooth surrounding the metal filling. Silver amalgam fillings can also darken teeth by a process called oxidation, or basically tarnishing or rusting. Teeth can start to look bluish, grapy, or even black because of these types of fillings, making you feel self-conscious about your smile.

 You don’t have to live with a smile that is less than beautiful. The answer may be dental crowns! Dr. Kimberly A. Chapman in Bothell, Washington wants to help you discover what crowns can do for your smile.

A dental crown encases your entire tooth, covering it like a suit of armor. A dental crown protects your tooth from biting and chewing forces that can cause an unprotected tooth to fracture. Your dentist in Bothell, Washington wants you to know, crowns aren’t just for protection. Today’s crowns are cosmetically beautiful too! They are made from high-tech, sophisticated porcelain materials that look completely natural and blend with your smile. Your friends will notice your smile, not your dental work!

Your dentist in Bothell Washington also offers a full range of conventional materials for your new crown, each with its own advantages. You can consider:

  • A full gold crown, which is the strongest crown and is perfect for back teeth where you need strength for chewing;
  • A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown also known as a PFM crown, which has the strength of metal, but also the beauty of porcelain; these crowns are suitable for almost any location in your mouth;
  • A full porcelain crown, which is a cosmetically beautiful choice because porcelain reflects light just like your natural teeth; this is a perfect choice for teeth that are visible when you smile.

Dental crowns can restore full chewing function and also provide you with a beautiful smile, free of huge, dark metal fillings. You owe it to yourself to discover what crowns can do for your smile. Call Dr. Kimberly A. Chapman in Bothell, Washington to find out more about dental crowns. Call today, and get ready for your new smile!