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By David Cooley, DDS
December 11, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

It’s normal to have questions about dental implants before you get them.

Looking to get a little information about dental implants? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Traditionally, dental bridges and dentures were used to replace missing teeth, but thanks to amazing strides made in the field of restorative dentistry and technology, our dentist Dr. David Cooley also offers dental implants to help restore tooth loss in healthy adults and seniors.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small post or screw made from a biocompatible metal (often titanium). This post is placed directly into the jawbone where the missing tooth once stood to replace the roots of your teeth. From there, the implant fuses with the jawbone to provide a permanent foundation to support false teeth.

How long do dental implants last?

Since implants naturally integrate with the jawbone and natural tissue in your mouth, this means that implants are designed to last a very long time. In fact, as long as you practice good oral hygiene and keep your implant clean, there is no reason why you couldn’t have this implant for the rest of your life.

Am I too old for dental implants?

You’ll be happy to hear that there is no cap on age limit when it comes to getting dental implants. As long as you are in good health, you’re dedicated to caring for your implant, and you don’t smoke then you could very well get a dental implant much later in life. We can provide implants for people well into their 80s and 90s.

What makes someone a good candidate for implants?

If you are a healthy adult who is missing at least one tooth then our dentist might just deem you a perfect candidate for implants. Of course, we will need to examine your mouth and take X-rays to make sure that you’re in good health and that the jawbone is strong enough to support your implant.

We will also ask you questions about your lifestyle and habits to make sure that you are a good fit for this restoration.

Does it hurt to get a dental implant?

When people hear that they have to undergo surgery to get dental implants here at our Portage, MI, practice, they often get nervous; however, this procedure is nothing to worry about. The procedure is performed right here in our practice under a highly trained dental professional. We will administer a local anesthetic before the procedure so you won’t feel a thing. If you’re only getting a single dental implant the surgery may take as little as 30 minutes.

If you are interested in getting dental implants here in Portage, MI, the next step is to find out if you’re a good candidate for treatment. To schedule your no-risk dental consultation, call Dr. David Cooley today at (269) 345-1021.

By David Cooley, DDS
July 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Could your smile benefit from this popular restoration?

If this is the first time you’re hearing about dental crowns it’s probably because Dr. David Cooley is telling you that you need one. Of course, we don’t like to leave our patients in the dark when it comes to the dental treatments they require to maintain a healthy smile. Wondering when this tooth-shaped restoration is most often used? Here are the top three reasons why someone might need a dental crown,

You Just Underwent a Root Canal

If our dentist has discovered an infection within the tooth then the best way to get rid of the infection is through root canal therapy. Of course, once the infection has been treated it’s still important for our Kalamazoo dentist to restore the tooth with a dental crown to strengthen and support the tooth when chewing or biting.

You Have a Damaged Tooth

Dental injuries are more common than you might think. Regardless of whether you crunched down on something hard or you broke a tooth during a game, it’s important to see a dentist right away to address a broken, fractured or chipped tooth. While minor chips may be buffed away or restored through other cosmetic methods, dental crowns are the standard when it comes to restoring a broken or cracked tooth.

You Have a Large, Worn Filling

While cavities are typically treated with dental fillings, if the decay has spread too far into the tooth or has affected the majority of the tooth then a filling may not be enough to fully support the tooth’s structure. If a large filling is placed, this can also weaken the tooth over time. So our dentist may recommend replacing your current large filling by capping the tooth with a crown or may recommend forgoing a large filling altogether in place of a dental crown, which can provide better long-term support.

Whether you have additional questions about dental crowns or you need to consult with Dr. Cooley about restorative dentistry, we are here to meet all of your smile needs. Just give us a call at (269) 345-1021 and we would be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

By David Cooley, DDS
April 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: veneers  

Just what are porcelain veneers? A popular and much used cosmetic dentistry service. Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells of enamel-colored ceramic. They cover many defects, which mar basically healthy teeth. Your Kalamazoo, MI, dentist, Dr. David Cooley, wants his prospective veneer patients to understand this service well before he proceeds with the two- to three-visit treatment. Learn more about veneers here.

FAQs about Porcelain Veneers

What kinds of defects can veneers remake? Your Kalamazoo dentist places veneers on the front of selected teeth that have defects such as large cracks, chips, small gaps, odd shape and size, dark stains, or mild crowding. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asserts that dental laminates (the other name for veneers) strengthen weak tooth enamel, too.

Who can receive veneers? A thorough dental examination, X-rays, and oral impressions (negative imprints of your teeth used to make a three-dimensional model) formulate the treatment plan. It shows you, the patient, how veneers can change your teeth for the better. Be sure to tell Dr. Cooley how you want your teeth to change.

Are veneers reversible, or do I always have to wear veneers? They are permanent because proper placement requires mild enamel resurfacing. In other words, Dr. Cooley will remove a thin portion of tooth enamel so veneers bond properly over the teeth.

How many dental visits are required? At least two appointments are necessary. One appointment for the initial consultation, imaging, and enamel resurfacing. You'll wear temporary laminates in between appointments. Another appointment for fitting and cementing the veneers in place. Bonding cement is shaded to achieve the most natural-looking blend with teeth adjacent to your veneers.

Are veneers durable? Actually, they are, lasting patients many years. However, be sure to brush and floss your veneers carefully, and get your semi-annual check-ups with Dr. Cooley. Also, avoid chewing ice, peanut brittle, and other hard-textured or sticky dietary choices that could chip or loosen your veneers.

Find out more

Surely, you'll have other questions about porcelain veneers, and Dr. Cooley can answer them all. To arrange a consultation with Dr. Cooley and his team, call his Kalamazoo, MI, office at (269) 345-1021. You will love your new smile.

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.





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