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Crowns and Bridges: Materials

Depending on your best smile restoration procedure, there are a variety of options to choose from when consulting with your Boise dentist about restoring damaged teeth.

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Traditionally dentists had no choice but to use metal fillings and crowns. A crown is used to cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Materials used to cap teeth include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Bridges span the space where the teeth are missing, and are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. As with crowns, bridges have often been made with the same materials. Until now…

Summit Dental now offers the breakthrough technology of the CEREC. CEREC crowns can restore stability to your mouth without compromising the health and beauty of your smile. The CEREC system allows your Boise dentist to fashion and produce an attractive, durable crown, inlay, or onlay in just one visit.

Unlike other materials, ceramic porcelain is often preferred because it’s strong, and much more attractive. Porcelain dental crowns not only provide a better natural color match than any other crown but are more suitable for people with metal allergies. Ceramic and porcelain crowns are the number one choice for the best smile restoration of your front teeth.

The CEREC machine used by Summit Dental generates high-quality dental restorations with the aid of 3D computer technology. By creating a 3D image of your tooth, the CEREC machine generates a model of your custom crown. During this procedure you can listen to music, relax, and wait while the CEREC unit mills the restoration. Your Boise dentist will then place the final crown before you leave the office.

Not every situation is right for an inlay or onlay, but your trusted Boise dentist will assess your problem and determine the best solution for you. By utilizing the CEREC machine, only one appointment is necessary to complete the restoration. During your visit, your tooth will be prepared by removing any tooth decay or filling and is cleaned. After that a digital impression is made. This image is converted into a 3D computerized model of your tooth, which is used as a guide to design your new restoration. Once your Boise dentist is happy with the newly designed tooth, this data is sent to an onsite milling machine, which fabricates your new tooth from a high-quality ceramic block. The CEREC machine then creates a custom inlay or onlay for you.

 

 

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Total Tooth Replacement – Boise tooth implants vs. Dentures

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While missing teeth can be frustrating, there are many good best smile restoration alternatives available to replace lost teeth. The most common Boise dental options for missing teeth are dentures or dental implants. When considering your options it important to note that everyone is different. Make sure to consult with your Boise Dentist as to what option might be best suited for you. Listed below are some of the pros and cons of Boise tooth implants vs dentures:

Dentures:

Pros –

  • Dentures may be the best choice for people whose gums and jaw are weak or unhealthy.
  • If you need to replace most or all of your teeth, dentures are clearly the cheaper alternative.
  • Dentures can be made in advance and positioned as soon teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during an extended healing period.

Cons –

  • Dentures must be secured with denture adhesive. Improperly secured, dentures might slip out of place while eating or speaking.
  • Improperly fitted dentures may promote infection and decay in other teeth.
  • Bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal requiring more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process.

Implants:

Pros –

  • Implants typically last a lifetime, with a failure rate of less than 5 percent.
  • Boise tooth implants are often a popular choice for people who only have one or two missing teeth but they can be an alternative to dentures if you have several missing teeth.
  • Most patients find that Boise tooth implants easier to maintain than dentures. They don’t wiggle or slip as dentures can, and are healthier for the gums and bone.

Cons –

  • Implants can be expensive. Insurance coverage is usually minimal, and patients are often surprised by high out-of-pocket costs.
  • Dental implant surgery occurs in stages and may involve several procedures. Because this healing requires time, the process can take many months.
  • While Boise tooth implants are not subject to cavities as natural teeth are, they can develop gum inflammation, and even infection or boneless if not properly maintained.
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How White is Too White?

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How White is Too White?

 We see it every day. From movies to magazines, Hollywood conveys smiles whiter than snow. But how white is too white?

A Good Rule of Thumb

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry , teeth whitening is the No. 1 requested cosmetic service today. The problem, though, is that many people are taking it too far. Over whitening can cause loss of enamel or translucent and unnatural looking teeth. If taken to the extreme, teeth can lose their healthy sheen. A good rule of thumb is that the color of your teeth should match the whites of your eyes .

What Causes Discoloration?

There are many causes for tooth discoloration. As we age our teeth often become naturally darker, yellow or stained. Some main causes of internal and external tooth discoloration are due to genetics, tooth decay, trauma, antibiotics and certain foods.

Get Teeth Whitening Advice from a Boise Dentist

For your best smile restoration, it’s important to consult with your Boise dentist about your preferred whitening method as they are best qualified to handle any issues that may arise from your whitening treatment. With a Boise teeth cleaning, many external stains can be removed while promoting good oral health. During this process your Boise dentist can go over your expectations while guiding you on what is appropriate concerning your overall Boise dental care plan.

Likewise, tooth whitening may not enhance your smile if you’ve had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth. The whitener will not affect the color of these materials, and they will not match your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other Boise cosmetic dentistry options, such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding on other teeth.


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Post Care for your Best Smile Restoration

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Restoring a smile depends heavily on what you want or need. Do you have missing teeth? Decayed or chipped teeth? Do you simply want whiter teeth? All these factors play into what kind of procedures the Boise dentists at Summit Dental will use.

For the best smile restoration, our Boise dentists use a combination of veneers, crowns or implants to give you an award winning smile but ultimately it’s up to you to care for it. Listed below are some tips and guidelines for the procedure your Boise dentist might suggest.

Caring for your teeth after whitening

There are several rules to follow after a teeth whitening procedure. A tooth whitening procedure removes a protective layer of your tooth called the acquired pellicle during your Boise teeth cleaning or whitening process. While removing this layer doesn’t result in any permanent enamel loss, it does however take twelve to twenty four hours for the barrier to fully develop once again. New stains are then easily developed over the next 48 hours after your procedure.

It is important NOT to consume dark or yellow staining substances. Don’t smoke, avoid coffee/tea, red or other colored beverages, lipstick, and various fruits and veggies such as tomatoes, and berries. In addition, do not use any colored toothpastes, gels, or colored mouthwashes for at least 48 hours.

Veneers & Crowns

Veneers are very strong but also brittle. Caring for your veneers is almost identical to caring for your teeth normally. Avoid biting your fingernails, chewing on ice, or using your teeth to open food or drink packages. Furthermore, brush, and floss your veneers routinely with a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste as suggested by your Boise dentist.

You should also return to your Boise dentist for regular professional maintenance. Porcelain veneers require being polished with a specially formulated, non-abrasive paste, and should be inspected for any problems or damages.

While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, remember to practice good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day and flossing regularly. Like veneers avoid biting on hard surfaces such as ice, popcorn hulls, etc.

Implants

Boise tooth implants are very durable, and last many years. They require the same “maintenance” as real teeth, including brushing, flossing and regular Boise dental check-ups. Below are some guidelines for the initial recovery of post-surgical implant placement, and the replacement tooth:·

  • Take prescribed pain medication as needed for pain.
  • Take all prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection.
  • Drink only clear liquids; a soft diet is recommended for the first few days.
  • Use an extra-soft toothbrush twice daily to clean pre-existing teeth or other implants, being careful to avoid the surgical incision area.
  • Clean between teeth once a day throughout the entire mouth except at the surgical site.
  • If recommended, use saltwater rinses or non-alcohol antimicrobial mouth rinse two times daily.

Replacement tooth home-care guidelines

  • Brush twice daily with low-abrasive toothpaste.
  • Floss regularly.
  • If recommended, use inter-dental brush, rubber tip, soft picks or water irrigation one to two times daily.

Have more questions about smile restoration? Stop by our Boise dentist office for a consultation, or leave us a comment or question below.

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