Archive for March 2013

New Technology for Boise Crowns and Bridges: CEREC Digital Impression Technology

We are so excited to share our new CEREC digital impression technology with every Idaho patient! Our Boise Dentists have highlighted three things the CEREC system now offers for Boise crowns and bridges:

The Omnicam

This wand-like camera allows us to quickly create a digital and pain-free impression of your teeth. No more goop and gagging for any patient! We simply run the Omnicam over your teeth so that it can pick up the exact contour of your teeth and feed it to the CEREC digital impression program. While some of these devices requires a fine powder placed on your teeth for the most accurate results, this high-tech device can create a more accurate impression without any powder necessary. Not to mention that it creates natural-colored impressions for a clearer digital image as well.

The Program

The impression that the Omnicam picks up is immediately recorded on the CEREC digital impression platform, where we can show you exactly what the problem is or where the cavity is, as well as what we need to do to fix it. This allows us to communicate with you even better, and it helps you, our patient, understand the process even more. Once we have agreed on a course of action, this program also allows us to re-create the needed Boise crowns and bridges, creating a digital blueprint for the dental crown that we can simply send to our in office CAD/CAM system.

The In Office CAD/CAM System

By having this system in the office, our Boise dentists and patients don’t have to wait for an out of office lab to take the design, create it, and return it to us. Instead, you can get a Boise dental crown within hours of us scanning your teeth with the Omnicam! The system also uses the same quality materials for our dental work, meaning we can provide the same quality of work for a same-day dental crown or bridge placement. Not only that, but you can watch the crown as it is made. When we place it, we can make the necessary adjustments for it to be a perfect fit if we need to as well, and you can still walk out of our office with a brand new Boise dental crown.

We love this system because it gives us the same or better accuracy for impressions while eliminating the mess and schedule difficulties that both our Boise dentists and patient dislike. Not only that, but now we can offer one-day appointments for Boise crowns and bridges. It is the perfect fit for the Summit Dental office, and we are so excited to offer its services to every Boise patient!


Our Boise Dentists Will Suggest Boise Dental X-rays When….

It can be hard to know when you’ll need dental X-rays. Below, we talk about several reasons why our Boise dentists and staff may recommend them:

You are a new dental patient. If we are just getting to know you, we will usually start with a comprehensive new patient exam. That includes a thorough examination of the teeth and mouth, a cancer and periodontal screening, and dental X-rays. This way, we can get to understand as much as possible about your oral health right away.

It’s your annual exam. We generally recommend that our dental patients get Boise dental X-rays every two years at their annual appointment. Of course, this will depend on your oral health, medical history, and your risk for dental disease. By getting dental X-rays every two years, we can stay one step ahead of any bone loss or disease.

You are growing up. Kids generally need more X-rays than adults because their teeth are still growing and developing, and they are more vulnerable to tooth decay. Our Boise Dentists may need to take an X-ray to see how teeth are growing or whether there are any other problems.

You need implants or a crown. Dental X-rays give our Boise Dentists the proper map to put in an implant or add a crown. It can tell them if you have enough bone mass for an implant or if there are any problems that could interfere with a procedure.

Dental X-rays allow our Boise Dentists to see bone loss, tooth decay, the effect of trauma, and even cancer. While you usually only get dental X-rays every few years, things like cavities or a dental procedure may make dental X-rays the best choice. Have more questions about dental X-rays? Stop by our Boise office and ask us!



Read About Dr. Robert Studebaker’s son’s Class Visit!

Summit Dental 2013 03 20We were pleased to have Dr. Robert Studebaker ‘s son’s class come and visit our office! Our staff had so much fun showing them what we do every day, and we are happy to share what they learned with you:

Boise Office Tour

The class got a whole tour of the office as we showed them what happens when you visit our Boise dentists. They loved our famous waiting room fish tank and our kids waiting area. A large TV, lots of Pixar movie options, and plenty of games and books are some of the favorite things you can find in our kids waiting area. When we moved into the patient rooms, the kids could see our new, spacious patient rooms that let in plenty of natural light as well.

In the Dental Chair

In one of the patient rooms, Dr. Studebaker’s son, Will, sat in the dental chair and showed his classmates how to open big so that the doctor could see and count how many teeth he had. Our staff had a great time using our “show, tell, do” philosophy to explain what happens at a dental appointment. We showed the class some of our tools and told them what they were called. We give everything in the office kid-friendly names, such as calling the water sprayer and air sprayer “rain” and “wind.” We will often let the kids feel the water sprayer on their hands so they know what it feels like. Everyone in the class was so well-behaved and had a great time sitting in the dental chair.

Learning about Kids’ Dental Care

The kids also learned how to brush and take care of their teeth.  We showed the class how to brush their teeth lightly, making sure to get all the way to their back teeth. We sometimes recommend teaching kids a song so that they can remember how long to brush their teeth as well. Finally, we talked about flossing and how important it is to keep their teeth clean. In fact, Summit has a Cavity Free Kids Club for every child who comes to their appointment without a cavity. Once a month, we draw a winner who gets two free movie tickets!

We loved having Will’s class visit our Boise office! It was so fun to show them around the office and teach them about how to take care of their teeth. Hopefully we will see some of them again soon!