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By David Cooley, DDS
November 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you're like most people, you thought you'd keep all your natural teeth forever. While that's a laudable goal, life happens sometimes, and dental implantssmile gaps result from a dental abscess, gum disease, oral injury or deep decay. For the best tooth replacement option available today, see your Kalamazoo and Portage, MI dentist, Dr. David Cooley. An expert in dental implant placement, Dr. Cooley can explain what dental implants are, how they work and if they are the right choice for your healthiest, most attractive and best functioning smile. Chances are good that dental implants can complete your smile.

What is a dental implant?

It's a totally artificial tooth from root to crown. What makes it different from conventional bridgework or partials? Well, it resides right in the jaw bone rather than just on top of the gums. This in-the-bone placement creates a solid foundation that's very similar to a real tooth root. So implants:

  • Strengthen the jaw bone
  • Keep gum tissue healthy
  • Provide normal speech and chewing
  • Look just like real teeth

Surgically inserted during a simple, in-office surgery, a titanium dental implant progressively and permanently adheres to the jaw bone through osseointegration. This amazing process keeps an implant in place and functional for decades, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.

Once the implant is fully healed, Dr. Cooley re-opens the site and bonds on an extension post and lifelike dental crown crafted of fine porcelain. With routine brushing and flossing at home and in-office cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Cooley, the typical implant patient enjoys his or her new tooth for years and years.

The bigger smile gap

Even if you have lost more than one tooth, Dr. Cooley may be able to craft an implant-supported prosthetic perfect for your unique needs and preferences. These bridges or full or partial dentures rest on multiple implants inserted at strategic points in the jaw. Dentures may be permanently installed or removable as determined at a detailed implant dentistry consultation.

As with the single-tooth implant, your Kalamazoo and Portage dentist determines if your oral health and jaw bone density are sufficient for implant success. To do this, Dr. Cooley does a complete visual inspection, takes digital X-rays and CT scan imaging. If the bone is thin, there are augmentation procedures which can build it to sufficient size and strength to accept one or more dental implants.

Are you ready to smile again?

You can with wonderful dental implants from your Kalamazoo and Portage, MI dentist, Dr. Cooley. Please contact his office team today to arrange your personal consultation: (269) 345-1021.

Dental technology has come a long way in the last few decades, especially in the area of gum disease prevention and treatment. More and dental crownsmore adults are keeping their natural teeth for most of their lives according to the American Dental Association (ADA), but almost half of all Americans over the age of 30 are missing at least one tooth. Missing teeth and cosmetic imperfections like stains, chips and unevenly spaced teeth are among the biggest cause of embarrassment for adults according to studies. Dental crowns are one of the most affordable and versatile solutions available for a number of cosmetic and restorative dental problems. Dr. David Cooley, a dentist in Kalamazoo, MI, recommends crowns and bridges to correct common dentistry issues like tooth loss, extensive tooth decay, chips and cracks, and permanent staining and discoloration.

Restore Your Smile with Dental Crowns and Bridges in Kalamazoo, MI

Crowns (also known as caps) are custom designed to cover a damaged tooth to restore function and aesthetics to your smile. They are used to fix cosmetic issues like chips, cracks, mild spacing and sizing issues. Crowns are also an option for to cover permanent tooth stains and discolorations that can't be removed with surface teeth whitening treatments.

As a staple of restorative dentistry, they can save severely decayed teeth from possible extraction when a cavity is too large for a standard dental filling, and to seal a tooth after root canal therapy.

Crowns can also replace a missing tooth as part of a bridge. A bridge consists of the replacement crown for the missing tooth, which is attached to a pair of crowns on either side, and cover abutment teeth which keep the bridge in place. Crowns are indistinguishable from your natural teeth and can improve the appearance and health of your smile.

Find a Dentist in Kalamazoo, MI

If you have been living with a damaged or incomplete smile, contact us today to learn more about how dental crowns and bridges can improve your smile and restore your self esteem. For more information, call 269-345-1021 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cooley today.

By David Cooley, DDS
January 26, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Dental crowns are versatile restorations that can be used to address several dental issues. Dr. David Cooley, your Kalamazoo, MI dental crownsdentist, explains how crowns can improve your smile.

Crowns restore and protect teeth

Crowns stabilize teeth and enhance their appearance. The hollow restorations completely encase teeth and are made of tough materials, such as porcelain and gold or a combination of the two materials. They're often used to:

  • Protect Fragile or Damaged Teeth: Damaged or fragile teeth are at increased risk of fracturing. Whether a tooth is weakened by a dental procedure or has become brittle over the years, crowns offer the ideal way to prevent fractures. They're also used to prevent cracked teeth from breaking.
  • Change the Appearance of Teeth: A discolored tooth can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. Because crowns cover teeth on all four sides, they're very effective at concealing discolorations caused by large fillings or tetracycline use. Crowns are also a good choice if you would like to improve the appearance of twisted, crooked or oddly shaped teeth.
  • Lengthen Short Teeth: Is one of your teeth shorter than the others? Short teeth can occur naturally or can become shorter if you grind your teeth at night. The problem not only affects your appearance but also changes your bite, the way your teeth fit together. Bite problems can lead to abnormal wear, headache, jaw stiffness and other issues if they aren't corrected. Crowns lengthen teeth, restoring your normal bite.
  • Restore Broken Teeth: Crowns restore broken teeth and also prevent pain due to exposed nerves. Once your new crown is in place, you'll be able to use the tooth once again to bite and chew foods.

Crowns only require two dental visits

It only takes two visits to stabilize or restore a tooth, or improve its appearance with a crown. During the first visit, your Kalamazoo dentist will reduce the size of the tooth and make an impression of your mouth. The impression will be used to create your new custom-made crown. A temporary crown will cover your tooth until the new crown is completed in about two or three weeks. When you return to the office for your final visit, your dentist will check the fit of the crown, make any necessary adjustments and attach it to your tooth with dental cement.

Could you benefit from a dental crown? Call Dr. Cooley, your Kalamazoo, MI dentist, at (269) 345-1021 to schedule an appointment.

Whether you are missing one or many teeth, you may be embarrassed by the gaps in your smile. Let dental implants help. They are thedental implants most permanent and effective option to replace your missing teeth. Learn more about dental implants with help from your Kalamazoo, MI dentist.

What are dental implants? 
Dental implants are made up of three parts: the fixture, a biocompatible, titanium post, the abutment, which connects the fixture to the crown, and the crown, which replaces the visible portion of the missing tooth. Your dentist implants the fixture into the jawbone under the gum line, leaving it to heal and integrate into the bone over time. The fixture becomes the foundation for your new tooth, eventually becoming a permanent part of your mouth. However, implants can do more than replace a single tooth. Multiple tooth replacement uses implants to hold a dental bridge which spans the width of multiple missing teeth in a row. Implants can also be strategically placed throughout the arch to hold a complete denture, allowing it to lock into place onto the implants.

What is the procedure for dental implants like? 
Implants are usually conducted in two phases. The first phase is consultation, preparation, and surgery. Your dentist uses your first appointment to take a mold of your mouth which the dental laboratory uses as a basis to customize your new teeth. This appointment is your time to ask any questions or raise any concerns you have about your implant procedure. At your second appointment, the fixtures are surgically implanted into your jawbone. After surgery, phase two begins. Healing time takes several months. During this time, your implants integrate into the jawbone and become part of your mouth. After successful integration, your dentist attaches the crowns onto the fixtures using the implant’s abutments.

The Benefits of Dental Implants
Unlike traditional dentures, implants stay put and are totally non-removable. Rest assured knowing that your implants are a permanent part of your smile and will not fall out or move around. Implants function just like natural teeth. Eat all of your favorite foods with confidence that your chewing surface will not change. The most obvious benefit of dental implants is the second life they give your smile. Filling in your gaps to achieve a smile you love is priceless.

Filling in your gaps might only be one phone call away. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. David Cooley in Kalamazoo, MI. Call 269-345-1021 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable associate about scheduling your consultation for dental implants today!