Archive for May 2013

How a Boise Dentist Performs Smile Restoration

Before and After: Image via Flickr by Dr. Alper, DMD, Cosmetic Dentist

Wondering how a Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group can restore your smile? The process involves three steps and can be completed in a day!

Step 1: Consultation with a Boise Dentist

Boise consultations are when we take a look at your teeth and at your dental records to see what we’re dealing with and how we can help you. This will help us see if we are dealing with a recurrent problem or with something that is strictly Boise cosmetic dentistry. A recurrent problem would be something like pain or problems with an old partial or filling while a strictly cosmetic issue would be tooth discoloration. Whatever it is, we can help!

Once we’ve identified the problem, we’ll talk over with you the plan for your smile restoration in Boise. For crowns and veneers, we can discover the problem, make the smile restoration in-house, and install it permanently the same day, thanks to our CEREC technology.

Step 2: Impressions and Preparation for Boise Cosmetic Dentistry

Once we’ve decided on a plan, we can begin taking impressions and prepping your teeth (or we can schedule a later appointment for impressions and installation). We don’t use the messy and uncomfortable goo for impressions that you have probably seen with another dentist. Boise cosmetic dentistry at Summit uses our CEREC Omnicam wand to take a digital impression of your teeth. The CEREC Omnicam is just as accurate if not more so than physical impressions, and it transfers immediately to our computers so you can see what your teeth look like and how the crown or veneer will fit perfectly with them.

The best thing about the CEREC system for Boise cosmetic dentistry? The CEREC Omnicam captures exactly what your teeth look like. The program will use this perfect impression to create a perfect crown or veneer. This keeps your bite the same and the overall look of your smile the same. Of course, our dentists can always tweak the look of a crown or veneer for your preference.

Step 3: Same-Day Installation of Crowns and Veneers

Once you are happy with the on-screen look of a smile restoration, Boise dentists will send it to our in-office 3-D printer to create the all-porcelain crown or veneer. We can then install it for you to see how it looks. You can bring a family member or friend with you to check out your new smile and make sure that it has the look you want. After we’ve made it look just the way you want, we’ll cement it in place, giving you a new permanent smile.

Still have questions about smile restoration in Boise from a Summit dentist? Boise office hours are generally 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Feel free to stop in and talk with us!

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The Do’s and Don’t’s of Boise Teeth Whitening

You know you want to get your teeth whitened, and you’ve heard plenty of things that you should and shouldn’t do with the process. Here are four things you should keep in mind:

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1. Do research and ask your dentist in Boise which whitening methods work the best for you.

While you should do your own research, you can also get valuable information by talking with your dentist. Boise dentists at our Summit Dental Office offer three methods of Boise teeth whitening: extra-strength whitening strips, an in-office teeth whitening Boise treatment, and customized whitening trays. The teeth whitening trays offer a great mix of affordability and customized work and is our most popular choice.

2. Don’t wait until the last minute to get teeth whitening in Boise.

Unless you choose an in-office treatment with a Boise dentist, you’ll need at least a few weeks to get to your teeth to the desired whiteness. Give yourself a month with the extra-strength Boise teeth whitening strips or customized trays.

3. Do become extra vigilant with daily dental hygiene.

By brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day, you can keep your teeth the beautiful white you want them to be long after your teeth whitening Boise treatment. You can further keep them white by rinsing your mouth or brushing after eating or drinking anything extra sugary.

4. Don’t drink staining liquids during or right after your Boise teeth whitening treatment.

If you want to see results quickly and want them to last, avoid drinking tea, coffee, soda, and other dark liquids that are more likely to stain teeth. A patient’s teeth are especially vulnerable to staining right after a teeth whitening Boise treatment, so it is especially important to avoid these substances during and soon after the bleaching process, no matter which method you choose. The same goes for smoking or chewing tobacco—it yellows your teeth, so limit use, rinse after using, or (best of all) cut it out completely.

What have you learned from getting your teeth whitened? Let us know!

 

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Advice From Boise Dentists: 4 Signs You Need a Dental Crown

Ever wondered why you really need to get a dental crown? Aside from replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant, there are at least four signs that you need a dental crown:

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1. You Are Getting a Root Canal

A root canal means that infection has found its way to the nerve of a tooth, killing the tooth and causing an infection at its root. At our office a dentist, Boise trained and based, will drain the tooth and fill the root to seal it off, but we usually recommend a crown to finish the treatment. After a root canal, the tooth is dead and is therefore more brittle and easier to break. If the tooth has already had a few cavities (and most teeth that require root canals have), it will be even more susceptible to breaking. A crown will give it an extra seal of protection and added strength.

2. Our Boise Dentists Found a Deep Crack in the Tooth

As you’ll hear from our own dentist, Boise patients with a cracked tooth do not always need a dental crown. However, if you do have a cracked tooth, you need to see one of our Boise dentists as soon as possible to see how bad of a crack it is. Our dentists will make sure that the crack is confined and does not reach the nerve and kill the tooth. Deeper cracks require a crown to protect the tooth and to keep the tooth and its root strong.

3. Your Tooth Has Chipped

If your tooth has chipped in the simple course of everyday (that is, without any injury or trauma causing it to chip), it is a good sign that you need a tooth crown. Boise dentists will tell you that strong and healthy teeth don’t chip. Fragile, crumbling teeth do. If your tooth is starting to fall apart just due to everyday use, our Boise dentists will add a crown to protect as much of the tooth as possible and to keep the root of the tooth strong and healthy. Left alone, the tooth can continue to crumble, get infected, and be lost entirely.

4. A Dentist, Boise Trained, Has Found Too Many Cavities on One Tooth

The more cavities you have on a tooth, the more its strength is compromised. This can come from several medium sized cavities or just one very large one—if a single cavity covers more than half the width of a tooth, a filling won’t do. You’ll need a dental crown.

Still have questions about Boise crowns? We have a dentist in Boise that will happily answer your questions!

Resources:

http://www.medicinenet.com/dental_crowns/page2.htm

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/repairing-a-chipped-or-broken-tooth

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Wisdom Teeth: Why Do They Need To Be Removed?

Wisdom Teeth: Why Do They Need To Be Removed?

Wondering if your wisdom teeth can stay? You might be better off having your Boise dentist remove them at a younger age rather than putting it off and dealing with the complications they cause later. Here are three instances when you might want to consider wisdom teeth removal:

1. Wisdom Teeth Removal When Misaligned

This is one of the main reasons patients get their wisdom teeth removed. Instead of growing straight up or down, many wisdom teeth will grow sideways into your other teeth, out towards or jaw, or in towards your tongue. When growing towards your other teeth, they can cause a lot of pain and pressure and can even cause your other teeth to move. When growing out or in, the wisdom teeth can cause problems with the jawbone or nerves.

2. Wisdom Teeth Removal When Partially Erupted

If your wisdom teeth have managed to come in straight, you still might not be out of the woods. Sometimes wisdom teeth, especially the bottom molars, don’t come in all the way, leaving a flap of gum over the tooth that is great for holding bacteria and staving off your toothbrush.  That makes these teeth much more prone to infection and disease. While you can cut off this flap of gum, it will just grow back.

3. Wisdom Teeth Removal When Infected

Several studies have linked wisdom teeth in older adults to increased infections and cavities, which in turn affect your overall health. Even if your wisdom teeth come in straight and don’t crowd your other teeth, they may be more trouble than they are worth with the cavities, root canals, and infections many people experience with them. It’s not just cavities—gum infections and even cysts are more common complaints as well. Wisdom teeth are so much more prone to cavities due to their hard-to-reach location.

With all the hassle associated with wisdom teeth, many professionals recommend wisdom teeth removal when you are in your teens or early twenties before any problems start. The roots of wisdom teeth are not fully formed at that point, and the teeth don’t have enough time to push around your other teeth or cause other damage. Wisdom teeth removal for patients who are under 25 years old are very predictable and rarely result in complications.

Stop by and talk with our Boise dentists about your wisdom teeth removal options, or give our Boise office a call for more information!

References:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ruben-cohen-dds/wisdom-teeth-removal_b_972697.html

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