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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 Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
March 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Let’s find out if this restoration is all you need to get that full smile implants

Sure, we know you have options when it comes to how you are going to replace your missing tooth (or teeth); however, if you truly want the next best thing to a natural tooth then you should talk to our Lexington, KY, family dentists Dr. William Lee, Dr. Pada Chalothorn and Dr. William Cartee, Jr. about dental implants.

Why should you replace missing teeth?

Besides the fact that having gaps in your smile is unsightly, choosing to get dental implants can also offer you a variety of unique benefits that you wouldn’t find with other tooth replacement options.

First and foremost, it is important that you replace missing permanent teeth as soon as possible and don’t just ignore the problem. Untreated tooth loss can lead to teeth shifting into the open gaps (causing misalignments in your smile), bone loss and structural changes in the face (which can also lead to premature lines and wrinkles). Dental implants are truly the best way to prevent these problems.

Why is a dental implant a great way to replace missing teeth?

An implant is a small metal screw or post that our Lexington, KY, family dentist will place into the jawbone. “Why?” you might be wondering. Well, an implant is designed to take the place of your missing tooth roots. While you might not realize it, your tooth’s roots are important for providing your jawbone with the stimulation it needs to continue producing new bone cells. Without this stimulation, the jawbone will begin to deteriorate.

While dental bridges and even dentures can be a fast, easy way to replace missing teeth and to prevent other teeth from shifting into those open gaps, the one thing these tooth replacements won’t be able to do is provide the jawbone with the stimulation it needs. Only a dental implant can do this. This means the over time the jawbone will continue to lose density even while wearing your bridges or dentures, which means that you will have to come in to have the oral prosthetic readjusted to accommodate those changes. With dental implants, you’ll never have to worry about this.

If you are looking to replace one or more missing teeth and you want to find out if dental implants are the right way to do it, then turn to your family dentist at TLC Dentistry in Lexington, KY, to schedule your 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
November 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Most people who are missing one or more teeth want to fix the problem, both for their appearance and their dental health. Dental dental implantsimplants, offered by Dr. William Lee and Dr. Pada Chalothorn of TLC Dentistry in Lexington, KY, are perhaps the most innovative and comprehensive dental restoration available today; they create a beautiful and stable smile unmatched by any other treatment. Learn more about the benefits of dental implants here.

How can dental implants improve the look of my smile?

A gap in your smile from a missing tooth might cause you to feel self-conscious, which is understandable. Dental industry studies have shown that a healthy smile is associated with success and approachability. With dental implants from your Lexington dentist, your smile is seamless. There are no gaps, no visible metal or plastic attachments and the porcelain crown is designed to match perfectly with the rest of your teeth.

How can dental implants stabilize my smile?

Despite what you might assume, your adult teeth are meant to be in place for a lifetime. Losing them as part of the aging process is usually due to a lapse in dental care or nutrition. Regardless of your age, however, your teeth function best as a whole set because they rely on the support of each other to stay in place. When even one tooth is missing, the ones next to the empty space begin to shift. This can set off a chain reaction of more tooth loss, even if you wear dentures or bridges because the root structure is still gone. Dental implants from your Lexington dentist replace the entire tooth, from root to crown, and give your jawbone and the rest of your teeth the required support they need to stay in place.

If you're interested in more information about dental implants, we here at TLC Dentistry in Lexington would love to talk with you! Call us today to set up a consultation!

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