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By David Cooley, DDS
September 23, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers   Chipped Teeth  

It can happen to anyone, a chipped tooth playing sports, or while eating a meal, or even when sipping a drink from one of those nature-conscious straws. While some accidents are preventable, a chipped tooth, like many dental accidents, isn't restricted to specific circumstances. Whatever the case, a chipped tooth is very much something your Portage, MI, dentist can repair. There are a few options at their disposal, and deciding which best suits your individual needs will depend on several factors. We'll cover a few below, but as with everything, for more information contact Dr. David Cooley.


Bonding refers to using a very special material that is applied in liquid form onto your tooth. This is done in very thin layers which are hardened by using ultraviolet light. Once enough structure is built up it is given a final shaping and polishing. This process allows your dentist the versatility to shape your tooth during the application.


A dental veneer is yet another option for repairing chipped teeth. These are thin yet very durable caps that look like natural teeth. They are permanently bonded on top of your injured tooth to restore its appearance.

Dental veneers offer longer-lasting results compared to composite bonding. In contrast, bonding can usually be completed within one visit. There are a few upsides and downsides to either treatment, so it's important to discuss expectations with your dentist to decide on the best way to repair your chipped tooth.

Veneers in Portage, MI

To prevent chipping your teeth you should wear a mouthguard whenever you practice sports, avoid biting very hard foods, and switch from metal straws to something similarly reusable, but instead made with silicone.

These are just some common sense tips, but as you might know, chipped teeth can still happen. For these circumstances, you can depend on your Portage, MI, dentist Dr. Cooley. Serving the areas of Portage and Kalamazoo, you can reach the office by dialing 269-345-1021.

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.

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