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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.

By David Cooley, DDS
October 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dealing with tooth loss? A dental bridge could help you.

Dental Crowns and BridgesDo you have an embarrassing gap where your tooth used to be? Are you wondering what the best option might be to fill that vacancy and regain a complete smile? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Our Portage and Kalamazoo, MI, dentist, Dr. David Cooley, uses a simple oral appliance known as a dental bridge to help patients just like you.

What is a dental bridge?

A bridge is fixed in place and replaces your missing teeth. Dental bridges are often made from a variety of different materials, while the false teeth are made from tooth-colored material such as porcelain so that they blend right in with the rest of your natural smile. Whether you are missing a single permanent tooth or a couple teeth in a row, a dental bridge may be exactly what you need to fill that gap!

What are the benefits of getting a dental bridge?

If you choose to get a dental bridge to replace your missing teeth, you’ll benefit from having a complete smile again. This will not just improve your appearance but also boost your confidence. Furthermore, placing false teeth in the gaps will prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting into those open spaces. Lastly, restoring your smile can fill out and improve the shape of your face.

How long does it take to get dental bridges?

One advantage to getting dental bridges is that it will only take about two or three trips to our Kalamazoo office to get your new restoration. First, our dentist will need to make sure that a dental bridge is right for you. During this initial consultation, we will examine your mouth to make sure that a bridge truly is the best approach to treating your tooth loss.

Once we determine that you are an ideal candidate for treatment, we will need to prep the teeth that sit on both sides of the gap. On this visit, we will also take impressions of your mouth, which will be used by a lab to create a dental bridge that is made to fit your smile.

Your final appointment will consist of us checking the fit and look of your dental bridge to make sure you are happy with your new tooth. From there, we will cement the crowns into place, which are attached to and support the false tooth or teeth in the middle. With the proper care, a dental bridge could last up to 15 years or longer before needing to be replaced.

Are you interested in finding out whether you could be a good candidate for a dental bridge? The sooner you turn to us to replace your missing tooth the better for your oral health. Call our dental office serving Portage and Kalamazoo, MI today at (269) 345-1021 to let us know that you are interested in getting a dental bridge!

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