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By David Cooley, DDS
July 27, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

As life happens, there’s a chance of accidents happening or decay setting into your teeth which may cause you to lose a tooth. Luckily, there are ways to complete your smile with a durable and long-lasting option. Dr. David Cooley in Portage, MI, and serving Kalamazoo, MI, can help you determine if dental implants are the best option to fill in the gaps in your smile.

How Dental Implants Can Complete Your Smile

Your smile is one of the first things that people may notice when they first meet you. Losing a tooth can make you feel embarrassed to show off your smile. Dental implants from your dentist serving Portage and Kalamazoo, MI, can help you regain the confidence to show off your dazzling smile again.

Your dentist will insert a titanium post into your gums, which will fuse into your jawbone, replacing the tooth root that you lost. This can restore stimulation to your gums, helping keep your jawbone intact for longer and keeping your face from sagging in the future.

Once your gums heal, the post will be topped with a dental crown that is custom-made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth. This will create a completely natural look that will be indistinguishable from others. Not only will your dental implant create a cosmetically pleasing look but will restore function to your mouth. You’ll be able to bite and chew without having to avoid parts of your mouth or even avoiding your favorite foods because they’re too difficult to chew.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

Give yourself a completed smile once again. Contact Dr. David Cooley in Portage, MI, and serving Kalamazoo, MI, today to learn more about dental implants and how they can improve your smile! Call (269) 345-1021 to schedule an appointment today.

By David Cooley, DDS
May 12, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

When your tooth is damaged or decayed, it’s important to contact your dentist immediately to take steps to stop any further damage from happening. Dental crowns can help preserve your smile and stop the damage from affecting the rest of your smile. Dr. David Cooley in Portage, MI, is here to help give you more information about dental crowns and how they can save your smile.

How Dental Crowns Can Help Your Smile

When decay has destroyed a tooth, it weakens the tooth and takes away most of the normal function. It may be harder and painful to bite with a damaged tooth, and you may find yourself avoiding certain foods. Dental crowns from your dentist in Portage, MI, can help restore your damaged tooth by protecting it from any further damage. A mold is made of your teeth so that the crown can be matched in size and shape. The crown can be made of porcelain, which will match your teeth in color as well.

Dental crowns can also be used to attach bridges as well as be used as a cover for a dental implant. They can help when a tooth is cracked by providing a shield for the cracked tooth and preventing it from cracking any further.

With proper care, your dental crown can last for years without any worries. To care for your crown, it’s important that you treat it just like any other tooth. You have to be sure to brush and floss carefully, removing any plaque from the area. You also need to be sure to visit your dentist for regular checkups.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

If you have a damaged tooth, it’s important to contact your dentist as soon as possible to set up an appointment and find out if dental crowns are right for you. Contact Dr. Cooley in Portage, MI, today at (269) 345-1021!

By David Cooley, DDS
March 01, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental bridges  

Dental bridges can help your smile by filling in the gaps caused by tooth loss. They also help restore normal biting and chewing functions by giving you a full set of teeth. Several types of fixed and removable dental bridges are available. Dr. David Cooley, the experienced dentist at our office in Kalamazoo, MI, can recommend the right type of dental bridge for your needs.

Types of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap or space between teeth where tooth loss has occurred. The gaps are filled with artificial teeth called pontics. Multiple types of dental bridges are available. Some are fixed in place and can only be removed by a dentist, while others are removable and can be taken out to be cleaned. We offer several types of fixed dentures at our office in Kalamazoo. Our skilled dentist can help you choose the right one.

Some common types of fixed dental bridges include conventional, cantilever, and zirconia bonded bridges. Also referred to as traditional bridges, conventional dental bridges are held in place by a dental crown on each side of the bridge that fits over a natural tooth or a dental implant. Cantilever and zirconia bonded dental bridges differ from conventional ones because they are only held in place on one side of the bridge. There is a crown on only one side of the pontics. Whatever type of dental bridge you select, it will be custom-made for the best fit.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

There are multiple benefits to restoring your smile with a dental bridge. Not only can a bridge replace missing teeth, but having a full smile again often boosts confidence. Some of the numerous benefits of dental bridges include:

  • Filling in the gaps caused by tooth loss
  • Restoring normal biting and chewing functions
  • Providing support for sagging facial muscles
  • Distributing biting and chewing functions more evenly across teeth
  • Alleviating extra strain on existing teeth compensating for missing ones
  • Improving speech that was affected by gaps in your smile
  • Preventing existing teeth from moving out of place

Dental bridges can help your smile in so many ways, from replacing missing teeth to providing support for sagging facial muscles. Dr. Cooley can have a custom dental bridge created just for you. To schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable dentist, call our office in Kalamazoo, MI, at (269) 345-1021.

By David Cooley, DDS
January 04, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Regular maintenance is just as important for your teeth as it is for your vehicle. In fact, bi-annual cleaning appointments with your Portage, MI, dentist, Dr. David Cooley, are essential for good oral health.

Cleanings lower your tooth decay and gum disease risk

The dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar from your teeth during your cleaning in the Portage dental office. Plaque, a rough, colorless film, constantly coats your teeth. When bacteria in plaque combine with sugars from foods and beverages, acids form. These acids are so strong that they can eat through your tooth enamel and cause cavities.

Brushing and flossing are good ways to remove plaque, but these oral hygiene methods don't always remove every speck of the film. Plaque can be difficult to remove if portions of your teeth overlap. Unfortunately, if plaque remains, you may soon develop a cavity. The longer plaque remains on your teeth, the higher your risk of cavities and gum disease.

A curious thing happens to plaque after about a week. The film hardens and becomes a brownish deposit called tartar. Tartar irritates your gums and may cause gum disease if it isn't removed promptly. Although plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing, tartar can't.

Luckily, your dental hygienist has special tools that allow her to remove tartar and hard-to-reach plaque during your cleaning. Visiting the dentist every six months for a cleaning is a simple, effective way to protect your smile.

Other benefits of your cleaning appointment

After your appointment, you'll probably notice an improvement in the appearance of your smile. The polish your hygienist uses at the end of the cleaning removes minor surface stains that can dull your smile.

Your dentist will also examine your teeth, mouth, and jaw during your cleaning visit. If he notices any issues, whether you have a small cavity or gum disease, he'll recommend appropriate treatments and make a follow-up appointment for you.

When you visit the dentist every six months, dental issues can be identified and treated before they can cause major oral health issues. Your checkup will also include an oral cancer screening to look for lumps, red or white patches, non-healing sores, or possible cancer signs.

Is it time to schedule your teeth cleaning? Call your dentist in Portage, MI, Dr. David Cooley, at (269) 345-1021 to make your appointment.

By David Cooley, DDS
December 11, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

It’s normal to have questions about dental implants before you get them.

Looking to get a little information about dental implants? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Traditionally, dental bridges and dentures were used to replace missing teeth, but thanks to amazing strides made in the field of restorative dentistry and technology, our dentist Dr. David Cooley also offers dental implants to help restore tooth loss in healthy adults and seniors.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small post or screw made from a biocompatible metal (often titanium). This post is placed directly into the jawbone where the missing tooth once stood to replace the roots of your teeth. From there, the implant fuses with the jawbone to provide a permanent foundation to support false teeth.

How long do dental implants last?

Since implants naturally integrate with the jawbone and natural tissue in your mouth, this means that implants are designed to last a very long time. In fact, as long as you practice good oral hygiene and keep your implant clean, there is no reason why you couldn’t have this implant for the rest of your life.

Am I too old for dental implants?

You’ll be happy to hear that there is no cap on age limit when it comes to getting dental implants. As long as you are in good health, you’re dedicated to caring for your implant, and you don’t smoke then you could very well get a dental implant much later in life. We can provide implants for people well into their 80s and 90s.

What makes someone a good candidate for implants?

If you are a healthy adult who is missing at least one tooth then our dentist might just deem you a perfect candidate for implants. Of course, we will need to examine your mouth and take X-rays to make sure that you’re in good health and that the jawbone is strong enough to support your implant.

We will also ask you questions about your lifestyle and habits to make sure that you are a good fit for this restoration.

Does it hurt to get a dental implant?

When people hear that they have to undergo surgery to get dental implants here at our Portage, MI, practice, they often get nervous; however, this procedure is nothing to worry about. The procedure is performed right here in our practice under a highly trained dental professional. We will administer a local anesthetic before the procedure so you won’t feel a thing. If you’re only getting a single dental implant the surgery may take as little as 30 minutes.

If you are interested in getting dental implants here in Portage, MI, the next step is to find out if you’re a good candidate for treatment. To schedule your no-risk dental consultation, call Dr. David Cooley today at (269) 345-1021.

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