Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

Dental ImplantsMissing teeth can take away from the smile that's really you and have many negative effects on your oral health. Dental implants are the gold standard in the replacement of missing teeth. Led by dentists, Dr. William Lee, Dr. Pada Chalothorn, and Dr. William Cartee, Jr., TLC Dentistry, located in Lexington, KY, offers state-of-the-art dental implants to the patients they serve. Here are the top 6 benefits of dental implants.

1. Beautify Your Smile- Missing teeth can ruin an otherwise perfect smile. Dental implants will help you leave behind the discomfort and embarrassment of missing teeth. Dental implants can close the gaps in your smile and make you look years younger. Dental implants look and feel like real teeth, and crowns can be made from all-ceramic materials.

2. Enjoy Great Food- Our teeth help us cut, break down, and chew food for proper digestion. The absence of just one tooth can affect your ability to chew food. Dental implants will improve your ability to chew food. With dental implants, you will be able to eat all the foods you enjoy. With dental implants, you'll be able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want.

3. Stop Jawbone Loss- Jawbone loss is a common consequence of tooth loss. The healthy bone is preserved through the pressure and stimulus of chewing. Implants can keep your jawbone strong and healthy. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stop bone loss and stimulate bone growth.

4. Prevent Facial Collapse- Dental implants can prevent facial collapse. Over time, many denture wearers develop a sunken-in look as their jawbone shrinks. Without dental implants to stimulate the bone, the bone begins to break down. This can make denture wearers take on an aged appearance.

5. Prevent Teeth Shifting- When a tooth is missing for a prolonged time, the adjacent teeth may shift and change the bite. Dental implants can prevent your natural teeth from shifting out of place. Misaligned or crooked teeth could cost you a significant amount of money down the road in orthodontic treatment.

6. Improved Speech- Our teeth also play an important role in speech. The absence of one or more teeth can cause speech problems. Mumbled or slurred speech are big problems for people with missing teeth. Dental implants can improve your clarity of speech. With dental implants, you will feel more confident when speaking with others.


Have a smile that radiates beauty. Enjoy good food again. Boost your self-confidence and self-esteem. Improve your quality of life. Dental implants will do you a world of good. Don't wait. Call TLC Dentistry at (859) 223-8987 today to schedule a consultation in Lexington, KY. We want you to live an extraordinary life!

By TLC Dentistry
September 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crown CapsDo you need a dental crown but dislike the fuss and time involved in getting one? Let TLC Dentistry in Lexington, KY, change your mind and your experience. Dr. William Cartee, Dr. William Lee and Dr. Pada Chalothorn use the latest in diagnostic, imaging and fabrication techniques to create and place a beautiful crown in one visit. Too good to be true, you say? Learn more by reading answers to frequently asked questions about same-day crowns from TLC Dentistry.

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a porcelain restoration which completely covers and supports a compromised tooth. It faithfully mimics natural tooth shape, size and color and preserves a failing tooth from further damage or extraction.

Crowns used to take weeks to get. How can one be made in a day?

Actually, the dentists at TLC Dentistry in Lexington, KY, make and place porcelain crowns in about two hours. They do the required imaging, enamel shaping, and design, manufacture and placement of your restoration all in the same treatment room.

Is the process uncomfortable?

No, it's actually more comfortable than traditional methods. Your dentist will shape your tooth to receive the crown, removing the decay and other damaged portions. This may require some local anesthetic to numb the tooth.

Beyond that, you'll barely notice the procedure. Oral impressions are taken with a digital instrument which is about the size and shape of a pen. That means no sticky putty and uncomfortable impression trays--just accurate and quick three-dimensional imaging delivered right to the dentist.

Also, because your crown will be ready quickly, you won't wear an awkward temporary crown. Instead, you'll wait in your dental chair as your the milling machine carves your crown from a solid block of porcelain. You can even watch it being made!

How does the milling machine know what to do?

That's where your dentist's expertise comes in. He'll use computer-aided design software to instruct the machine on the details of your restoration. Then, the fabrication takes only 15 to 20 minutes. When it's finished, the dentist does a final shading and polishing and then bonds your crown over your tooth. Typically, same-day crowns are a perfect fit will little to no adjustment.

Will my new crown last?

If you take care of it, you should enjoy it for at least ten years. Floss and brush it as you do your other teeth, and come to the office twice a year for your usual check-ups and professional cleanings. Crowns don't decay, but they can chip and loosen. So, don't chomp down on ice or use your teeth to open packages or bottles. Also, it's important to keep the margins of your crown free of toxic plaque and tartar, the causes of periodontal disease.

More questions?

Dr. Cartee, Dr. Lee or Dr. Chalothorn will answer them when you come to TLC Dentistry for a crown consultation. Find out about amazing, quick and convenient same-day crowns and how they can complete your smile. Call today: (859) 223-8987.

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
November 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
HereisHowYoucanImproveYourWeddingDaySmile

Congratulations—you’re engaged! It’s a stupendous (and hectic) time in your life as you plan your upcoming wedding.

You want to look your best for the big day—which means you may be dieting, exercising or making changes to your hairstyle and makeup. Be sure, though, to consider another important part of your appearance—your teeth and gums. Here are a few options that could help your wedding day smile shine even more.

Cleanings and whitening. While dental cleanings are primarily about removing disease-causing plaque and tartar they can also give your teeth that clean and polished look. And if you want an extra boost in brightness, consider whitening—we may be able to lighten up your teeth’s stain-induced dullness.

Bonding. If your teeth have slight imperfections—chipping, slight gaps or staining that doesn’t respond well to whitening, consider bonding techniques to repair or cover these defects. Composite resin is a dental material that can be shaped and bonded to teeth to reform a deformed tooth—and with color matching as well. For more extensive defects you can cover the front of imperfect teeth with bonded porcelain veneers or completely cap a tooth with a custom crown.

Tooth restorations. If you have missing teeth marring your smile, you have several options. The top choice: dental implants, which replaces the root of the tooth and will be able to have a crown attached to it. An implant can thus restore both better function and appearance. For more affordable options, you can also turn to fixed bridges or removable dentures. The latter can be custom designed to replace all the teeth on a jaw arch or just a few in different locations.

Gum enhancements. Teeth aren’t the only part of your smile that might need a helpful touch—your gums’ appearance might also be a problem. There are cosmetic procedures including plastic surgery and tissue grafting that can help correct overly prominent “gummy” smiles or, at the other end of the spectrum, longer appearing teeth because of gum recession.

Orthodontics. If you have extended time before the wedding date, we may be able to correct crooked teeth or a poor bite (malocclusion) that’s adversely impacting your smile. In some cases, you may be able to choose clear aligners, removable plastic trays that are hardly noticeable to others, over more visible braces to correct your bite.

If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry for lifetime events, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
August 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

There's no way to disguise the fact that you've had cavities when your teeth are filled with silver amalgam fillings. Luckily, tooth-colored fillingsfillings make it impossible for anyone to tell that you've had dental work. Lexington, KY, dentists Dr. William Lee, Dr. Pada Chalothorn and Dr. William Cartee of TLC Dentistry discuss the advantages of tooth-colored fillings.

What are tooth-colored fillings?

Composite resin, a material made with a mixture of flexible plastic and powdered glass, is often used to fill teeth, repair damage or change the shape of a tooth. The material is an excellent choice if you want your dental work to blend in with your tooth enamel. Composite resin is available in a variety of shades tinted to match the most common tooth colors. Once the material is added to your tooth and cured with a hardening light in our Lexington office, your restored tooth will look just like the others.

What are the benefits of tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings offer several benefits in addition to a more natural appearance, including:

  • No Cracks: Silver amalgam shrinks and expands when exposed to heat and cold. Over time, these changes can result in cracks in your filled tooth. Cracks increase the risk that your tooth will break and also provide a pathway for bacteria to invade your tooth. Unlike silver amalgam, composite resin doesn't expand when it's exposed to temperature variations, which means cracking is less likely to be an issue.
  • Stronger Teeth: Filling a cavity involves removing part of the healthy tooth structure surrounding the decayed area. Removing the healthy structure can weaken your tooth and increase the likelihood of a crack or break. When a tooth-colored filling is used, less healthy structure needs to be removed. The fillings also bond to your teeth, which makes them stronger.
  • No Discolorations: As silver amalgam fillings age, they may darken your tooth. Because your composite resin filling matches the shade of your tooth, you won't have to worry about discolorations in the future.

Tooth-colored fillings improve your appearance and protect your teeth. If you're concerned about a toothache or need to schedule your next checkup, call Lexington, KY, dentists Dr. William Lee, Dr. Pada Chalothorn and Dr. William Cartee of TLC Dentistry at (859) 223-8987 to schedule an appointment.

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
March 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
DentalMagicTransformsSmiles

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”



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