Posts for: June, 2017

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
June 22, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentistry  

Your family dentists in Lexington, KY, has everything you and your loved ones need for bright, healthy smiles. Whether its basic family dentistpreventive care, restorations such as crowns and fillings or aesthetic services such as Invisalign clear braces or porcelain veneers, Dr. William Lee, Dr. Pada Chalothorn and Dr. William Cartee at TLC Dentistry provide it. You don't have to run all over town. Premiere dental services for patients of all ages are at one convenient location.

Prevention starts early

Preventive care is the mainstay of family dentistry. The American Dental Association advises patients see their dentists twice a year for hygienic cleanings and oral exams. In addition to twice a day brushing and daily flossing at home, these preventive services keep smiles plaque-free, and they detect gum disease, cavities, bite issues and oral cancer early on when they are more easily treated.

Dr. Lee, Dr. Chalothorn and Dr. Cartee like to see the youngest of their patients around the age of three, unless a problem is suspected. Cleanings and routine exams start during preschool years, and orthodontic evaluation is recommended by age seven. For children through senior adults, patient teaching and individualized treatment plans are the rule at TLC Dentistry.

Additionally, TLC Dentistry often recommends plastic sealants and fluoride treatments to protect against tooth decay and dental sensitivity. These simple and economical services are available for patients of all ages.

Restoration is made easier

Your Lexington family dentists are experts in all kinds of dental restorations. Whether you are dealing with tooth loss, tooth replacement, orthodontic correction, periodontal disease or decay, the professional staff is up to date on the latest in techniques and materials. Among their offered services are:

  • Invisalign clear aligners
  • Botox injections TMJ procedures
  • Crown and bridge
  • Dental Implant restorations
  • Tooth-colored fillings (including repair with the no-drill, no-shot Biolase laser)
  • Dentures
  • Same-day crowns
  • Root canal therapy
  • Tooth extractions
  • Emergency dentistry to quickly address toothaches, lost restorations and knocked out teeth

Cosmetic dentistry enhances your smile and your outlook

The team at TLC Dentistry also helps patients look and feel their best with modern aesthetic treatments which improve tooth color and alignment. They repair flaws such as gaps, chips and fractures as well. The doctors offer:

  • Composite resin bonding for repair of small defects such as cracks, gaps and chips
  • Porcelain veneers to cover more extensive dental flaws such as dark stains and fractures
  • Botox treatments for cosmetic enhancements
  • At-home and in-office (Zoom) teeth whitening to remove years of built-up stains effectively and safely

What does your family need?

Great smiles are wonderful personal assets. Keep them beautiful and healthy no matter what your age or lifestyle. Your family dentists at TLC Dentistry in Lexington, KY are devoted to your oral health. Visit their comfortable office by calling (859) 223-8987 for an appointment.


By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
June 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Some people are lucky — they never seem to have a mishap, dental or otherwise. But for the rest of us, accidents just happen sometimes. Take actor Jamie Foxx, for example. A few years ago, he actually had a dentist intentionally chip one of his teeth so he could portray a homeless man more realistically. But recently, he got a chipped tooth in the more conventional way… well, conventional in Hollywood, anyway. It happened while he was shooting the movie Sleepless with co-star Michelle Monaghan.

“Yeah, we were doing a scene and somehow the action cue got thrown off or I wasn't looking,” he told an interviewer. “But boom! She comes down the pike. And I could tell because all this right here [my teeth] are fake. So as soon as that hit, I could taste the little chalkiness, but we kept rolling.” Ouch! So what's the best way to repair a chipped tooth? The answer it: it all depends…

For natural teeth that have only a small chip or minor crack, cosmetic bonding is a quick and relatively easy solution. In this procedure, a tooth-colored composite resin, made of a plastic matrix with inorganic glass fillers, is applied directly to the tooth's surface and then hardened or “cured” by a special light. Bonding offers a good color match, but isn't recommended if a large portion of the tooth structure is missing. It's also less permanent than other types of restoration, but may last up to 10 years.

When more of the tooth is missing, a crown or dental veneer may be a better answer. Veneers are super strong, wafer-thin coverings that are placed over the entire front surface of the tooth. They are made in a lab from a model of your teeth, and applied in a separate procedure that may involve removal of some natural tooth material. They can cover moderate chips or cracks, and even correct problems with tooth color or spacing.

A crown is the next step up: It's a replacement for the entire visible portion of the tooth, and may be needed when there's extensive damage. Like veneers, crowns (or caps) are made from models of your bite, and require more than one office visit to place; sometimes a root canal may also be needed to save the natural tooth. However, crowns are strong, natural looking, and can last many years.

But what about teeth like Jamie's, which have already been restored? That's a little more complicated than repairing a natural tooth. If the chip is small, it may be possible to smooth it off with standard dental tools. Sometimes, bonding material can be applied, but it may not bond as well with a restoration as it will with a natural tooth; plus, the repaired restoration may not last as long as it should. That's why, in many cases, we will advise that the entire restoration be replaced — it's often the most predictable and long-lasting solution.

Oh, and one more piece of advice: Get a custom-made mouthguard — and use it! This relatively inexpensive device, made in our office from a model of your own teeth, can save you from a serious mishap… whether you're doing Hollywood action scenes, playing sports or just riding a bike. It's the best way to protect your smile from whatever's coming at it!

If you have questions about repairing chipped teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”


If you've known anyone who has worn braces, you know what comes after — wearing a retainer. This can be kind of a letdown after all those months with braces, but it's absolutely necessary.

That's because teeth have a tendency to “rebound” to their pre-orthodontic positions once the force to move them stops after the braces are removed. Retainers help keep or “retain” moved teeth in their new positions and prevent them from reverting to the old.

When you think “retainer,” you probably picture a removable appliance with a wire that fits over the front of the teeth. While that may be the most common type, it isn't the only one. There's another called a bonded retainer, a thin piece of wire bonded to the back of the teeth that need to be retained. Unlike the other type, a dentist must remove a bonded retainer when it's no longer needed.

The biggest advantage of a bonded retainer is its invisibility — the wire is behind the teeth so no one can see it as with a removable retainer. The wire is bonded to the teeth with a dental composite material and then light-cured to create a strong attachment.

Another advantage is especially pertinent to younger patients. Because it's permanently attached and can't be taken out, there's no constant reminding of the patient to wear it — and no more worries about replacing a lost one.

They can, though, be difficult to floss around leading to potential plaque buildup that increases disease risk. It's very important you receive proper hygiene instruction for cleaning under the bonded retainer. Another concern is that they can break under excessive chewing pressure. And as with the more common retainer, we wouldn't want to remove it as that will result in the teeth's relapse to their old positions.

To learn which retainer is best for your situation, you should discuss the options with your orthodontist. Regardless of which type you choose, though, a retainer is a must for protecting your investment in that new smile.

If you would like more information on orthodontics and retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bonded Retainers.”

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