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By David Cooley, DDS
November 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Are you ready to replace a missing tooth? If so, dental implants, the only option that restores an entire tooth from the roots up, may be a Dental Implantgood choice for you. Here at Dr. David Cooley's office in Kalamazoo, MI, we offer a variety of dental services and procedures to help protect your smile, including dental implants. Read on to learn more!

 

Building a new tooth from the roots up

In the past, replacement teeth were only able to replicate the dental crown, or visible part of your tooth. Thanks to improvements in technology, however, your entire missing tooth can now be recreated with the help of dental implants!

Dental implants are made of titanium and look like small screws. In order to replace your tooth roots, these pieces are implanted in your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure. Once placed in the jaw, the implants begin to bond to the bone over the next several months. Bonding is a crucial step in the process and ensures that your new root will be stable and secure.

Once the implant has successfully bonded to the jaw, your dentist will connect the crown using a connector called an abutment.

 

How dental implants can help you

Dental implants offer several important benefits, including:

  • Natural Appearance: Your Kalamazoo dentist makes an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new crown blends in seamlessly with your smile.
  • No Concerns About Drifting Teeth: It's not unusual for nearby teeth to begin to drift after the loss of a tooth. As the teeth attempt to fill the gap, they may overlap, changing your appearance and your bite. Implants prevent drifting from occurring.
  • Strong Jawbone: Your tooth roots constantly press against your jawbone, providing the stimulation it needs to remain healthy. After tooth loss, however, this stimulation is gone, leading to resorption (shrinkage) of the jawbone, loose teeth, and facial sagging. Fortunately, adding dental implants to your jawbone prevents resorption from occurring.

 

Interested? Give us a call today!

Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call your Kalamazoo, MI, dentist, Dr. David Cooley, at (269) 345-1021 to schedule an appointment.

By David Cooley, DDS
August 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Learn more about this popular, long-term solution for replacing missing teeth.

If you are one of the millions of Americans currently dealing with tooth loss, know that our Portage, MI, dentist, Dr. David Cooley, has Dental-Implanthelped countless patients recover a full smile thanks to dental implants. Read on to learn what this treatment can do for you!

 

What is a dental implant?

An implant is a titanium artificial tooth root that is placed into the jawbone where it naturally bonds with the bone and tissue. After placement, an implant permanently provides a stable foundation from which to hold a false tooth in place. Given that the implant is embedded to the jaw, the only part of the restoration that people will be able to see is the dental crown.

 

What is the success rate of a dental implant?

Dental implants carry with them an extremely high success rate. Some factors including where the implants are placed can affect the success rate, but overall, the success rate is up to 98 percent. With the proper care, it is possible for a dental implant to last the rest of your life.

 

What makes someone a good candidate for dental implants?

There are many factors that our Portage, MI, family dentist will need to consider before determining whether you are right for implants. First, we will examine your teeth and gums to look for decay, gum disease, or any other issues that will need to be addressed before treatment. We will also perform an x-ray screening to look at the health of the jawbone and make sure it is strong enough to support an implant.

Although the vast majority of patients qualify for treatment, other factors could affect your candidacy. These include,

  • Untreated chronic health problems (e.g. diabetes)
  • Alcoholism
  • Your age (implants aren’t right for children and young teens)
  • Having a compromised immune system
  • Undergoing radiation therapy or chemotherapy

 

Interested? Give us a call

If you are an adult who is dealing with tooth loss in Portage or Kalamazoo, MI, our dental team can help you get your smile back on track with dental implants or other tooth replacement options. Dial 269-345-1021 today to schedule a consultation!

By David Cooley, DDS
June 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Find out how porcelain veneers from your dentist can give you a new and improved smile.

Do you wish that you would feel completely confident in your appearance every time you smile? Of course, if you are dealing with dental-veneersimperfections that befall many of our smiles such as discolorations, gaps between teeth and uneven teeth then you may be wondering how our Kalamazoo, MI, dentist Dr. David Cooley can help alter your smile for the better. One way to get a more even and beautiful smile is with dental veneers.

These thin porcelain shells are bonded to the front of your teeth in order to bolster your appearance while covering flaws. Some of the benefits of veneers include:

Get a Whiter Smile

While many of us can benefit from professional teeth whitening, there are some stains that even whitening can’t fully get rid of. If you are dealing with internal stains caused by certain medications or excessive fluoride use, then dental veneers could give you the brighter smile you want. Plus, veneers are made from porcelain, so they are also stain resistant.

Close Gaps and Fix Minor Misalignments

Even if you’ve had braces as a child you may notice that your teeth have shifted out of place as you’ve gotten older. If you loathe that gaps between your front teeth or you want to hide the fact that some teeth are a little crooked or overlapping, then dental veneers could actually give you a straighter smile without ever needing to get braces.

Hide Chips and Cracks

While minor chips and cracks won’t affect the actual integrity of a tooth it can certainly throw off the entire shape of your smile. Our Kalamazoo, MI, cosmetic dentist can easily hide these aesthetic flaws just by applying dental veneers over these misshapen teeth.

Improve the Length of Your Smile

Are your teeth worn down from excessive teeth grinding? There are many reasons why teeth may not look even or long enough. Luckily, veneers can improve not only the shape and color of your smile but also the size of your teeth as well to give you a more symmetrical smile.

Are you ready to learn more about dental veneers? If so, call our Kalamazoo, MI, dental office today to schedule a cosmetic consultation with us.

By David Cooley, DDS
June 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Is a dental crown the right restoration for your damaged tooth? Learn more here about the durable and beautiful porcelain crowns your dental crownsdentist in Kalamazoo, MI, Dr. David Cooley places on teeth damaged by decay, trauma, abscess or other circumstances.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a realistic restoration made from superior grade porcelain or ceramic. Using visual inspection and digital X-rays in his Kalamazoo, MI office, your dentist can determine if this tooth-shaped cover can protect and support your tooth. For millions of people across the United States, crowns are used to restore dental implants and protect teeth after root canal therapy.

How is a crown placed?

The process takes two trips to the dental office. One involves the examination, X-rays, oral impressions (a negative imprint of the tooth) and enamel reduction. Enamel reduction removes decay and old fillings and prepares the tooth so that it can receive its crown. Dr. Cooley places a temporary cap over the prepared tooth to ensure it's protected and serviceable while the dental lab creates the permanent restoration.

When it's returned from the lab, you'll receive your crown during a brief try-on and bonding appointment. Dr. Cooley custom-shades your restoration on premises for best aesthetic effect. Also, he fine-tunes the bite and fit so that your restored tooth feels, acts and looks just right.

How should you care for your dental crown?

Treat your new crown as you do your other teeth:

  1. Avoid super-hard, sticky foods, such as taffy or peanut brittle, because these can crack or dislodge your crown.
  2. Brush twice a day.
  3. Floss the crown margins daily to keep your gums healthy and to avoid decay under the crown.
  4. See Dr. Cooley twice a year for your usual check-ups and cleanings.
  5. Wear a bite guard if your grind or clench your teeth.

A beautiful smile
Your porcelain crown can keep you smiling, biting and chewing for years. So, if Dr. David Cooley recommends a crown for that troublesome tooth, be confident in its success, longevity and lifelike appearance.

By David Cooley, DDS
December 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Discover what makes someone a good candidate for this long-term tooth replacement.

While many people may assume that tooth loss only happens to seniors, it’s important to understand that no matter your age you can face tooth loss if you don’t provide your teeth and gums with proper oral care. If you’ve let your oral health fall by the wayside then you may be wondering the best way to replace that missing tooth (or teeth). Our Kalamazoo, MI, restorative dentist Dr. David Cooley -can certainly provide you with the treatment you need.

While the goal should always be to maintain your natural teeth, when this is no longer an option we know that it’s important for our patients to be able to get the next best thing to a real tooth. This is where a dental implant comes in. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jawbone to support a false tooth.

Of course, as with any restorative dentistry procedure, our Kalamazoo, MI, dentist will need to make sure that you are ideal for this restoration. There are some factors that will help us determine whether or not implants are right for you. These factors include:

- Healthy gums

- A strong jawbone that can support an implant

- Good oral hygiene

You must be committed to good oral hygiene and to properly caring for your implant.

We will go through your detailed medical history during your evaluation to make sure that there isn’t anything that could negatively impact your dental implant procedure.

If dental implants sound like the tooth replacement option you’ve been looking for, then the next step is to call our office to schedule a consultation with our dental team. Our dental office serves Kalamazoo and Portage, MI. Don’t just put up with gaps in your smile. Restore your smile with dental implants.