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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
January 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

How professional teeth whitening from your dentist in Portage, Michigan can give you a great smile.

It’s only natural for your smile to grow dark, dull, and yellow as you age. Fortunately, there is something you can do to take back what the years have done to your smile. It’s called professional teeth whitening.

Dr. David Cooley in Portage, Michigan offers a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dental services, including professional teeth whitening, to give you a great smile. He proudly serves residents of Portage, and Kalamazoo, Michigan and he can help you too.

Your body goes through changes as you age, and your teeth do too. Your enamel becomes thinner, allowing you and others to see through to the layer underneath, called dentin. The dentin layer is yellow, so your teeth will naturally take on a more yellowish appearance as you age.

In addition to aging, using tobacco products, drinking coffee, and drinking red wine can all add up to years of stains on your teeth. Even healthy foods like blueberries can stain your teeth.

Professional teeth whitening can improve your smile, making it whiter, brighter, and more beautiful. When you choose professional teeth whitening, you will enjoy these important benefits:

  • Dramatic results, because you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter
  • Long-lasting beauty, because your results can last several years
  • Quick treatment, because the in-office treatment takes about two hours

The in-office treatment is also completely safe, because the products have been rigorously tested and approved by the American Dental Association. Some over-the-counter products contain harsh chemicals and abrasive agents which can cause tooth sensitivity and damage.

Professional teeth whitening is the quickest and easiest way to dramatically improve your smile. If you want to enjoy a more youthful smile, consider professional teeth whitening. To find out more about the professional teeth whitening process and how it can improve your smile, call Dr. David Cooley in Portage, Michigan today.

By David Cooley, DDS
November 19, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Isn’t it time that you had a smile that looked as confident as you feel?

First impressions are everything and when you first meet someone you most likely look at their smile. It’s hard not to when someone reveals their pearly whites to you; however, if you feel embarrassed by your teeth this can be enough to make meetings and gatherings uncomfortable and awkward. Here are some of the ways our Kalamazoo, MI, cosmetic dentist Dr. David Cooley can help you get a smile that makes a great first impression.

Your Teeth are Yellow

As we get older we start to notice that our teeth aren’t as radiant as they used to be. This is a natural part of aging; however, this is an easy fix. The professional teeth whitening system that our Kalamazoo, MI, dentist offers can get your smile multiple shades whiter and remove those stubborn stains in about one hour. Coffee and wine drinkers, smokers, and those patients just wishing to get a more radiant smile can be great candidates for teeth whitening.

You Have a Small Chip or Flaw

Even small dental imperfections can make you feel self-conscious, especially if it affects your front teeth. If one of your teeth is slightly uneven or chipped at the edge dental bonding can improve the shape of the tooth. Bonding uses a special putty-like resin that is applied, shaped and then hardened into place over the imperfection. Bonding is meant to rebuild and reshape a tooth, and can also cover small discolorations. Bonding is one of the least invasive and most cost effective cosmetic treatments available.

You Have a Gummy Smile

Is excess gum tissue affecting the overall shape of your smile? If so, gum contouring and reshaping may be what you need to reveal more of your teeth for more even results. During this treatment our dentist will numb the area with local anesthetic before removing some gum tissue. The result? A more symmetrical smile.

You Have Several Imperfections

Sometimes you may be dealing with a multitude of cosmetic problems, from discolored teeth and gaps in your smile to chipped teeth. If your issues are more widespread then dental veneers may be the best way to restore your smile. These thin porcelain shells are adhered to the front of your teeth to reshape, lengthen, brighten, and veneers can even straighten your smile.

What does your smile say about you? If you are dealing with discolorations, chips, or crooked teeth our Kalamazoo and Portage, MI, dental team can give you the smile you want with the help of whitening, veneers, implants, and more. Call our office today at (269) 345-1021.